The 2020 NRL season was another rough one for the St George Illawarra Dragons, who finished 12th on the ladder and missed the finals for the seventh time in nine years.
With Anthony Griffin now at the helm, can the Red V put together a complete campaign this time around? Let’s see where they stand in the latest NRL betting markets.
About the St George Illawarra Dragons
|Home grounds:||Jubilee Oval, WIN Stadium|
|Premierships:||One – 2010|
|2020 ladder finish:||12th (7-13)|
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Updated Dragons futures odds
|2021 Premiership||Make Finals||Top Tryscorer|
|Feb||$51||$4||C Ramsey $34|
|Mar||$51||$4||C Ramsey $34|
|Apr||$41||$2.25||M Dufty $15|
|Jun||$101||$3.50||M Ravalawa $81|
|Jul||$151||$2.25||M Dufty $101|
Best St George Illawarra bets for NRL 2021
There are dozens of NRL futures markets for the Dragons, but where are they likely to return some real value?
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- Depending on your perspective, the Dragons are either the hardest or the easiest team to gauge. With a new coach at the helm after another disappointing season, who knows what the Red V will deliver in 2021? That said, we can just about rule out any realistic tilt at the premiership.
- A premiership might be beyond St George Illawarra’s reach this season, but can Anthony Griffin lift this team into finals contention? The Dragons possess plenty of star power, but do they have a winning mentality? There needs to be a massive culture shift within the club, and we might not see the fruits of that labour for another season or two.
- While the likes of Nathan Cleary and Adam Reynolds are obvious frontrunners in the NRL 2021 top pointscorer market, St George Illawarra’s Zac Lomax is a promising outside chance. He converted at 79 percent last season, which wasn’t far off big names like Cleary (80%) and Mitchell Moses (81%).
2021 St George Illawarra draw
|1||Cronulla Sharks||Jubilee Stadium||Sunday, March 14||6:15pm|
|2||North Queensland Cowboys||Queensland Country Bank Stadium||Saturday, March 20||7:35pm|
|3||Manly Sea Eagles||WIN Stadium||Friday, March 26||6pm|
|4||Newcastle Knights||McDonald Jones Stadium||Sunday, April 4||4:05pm|
|5||Parramatta Eels||Bankwest Stadium||Sunday, April 11||6:15pm|
|6||New Zealand Warriors||Jubilee Stadium||Sunday, April 18||2pm|
|7||Sydney Roosters||Sydney Cricket Ground||Sunday, April 25||4:05pm|
|8||Wests Tigers||WIN Stadium||Sunday, May 2||4:05pm|
|9||Canterbury Bulldogs||Jubilee Stadium||Sunday, May 9||4:05pm|
|10||Melbourne Storm||Suncorp Stadium||Sunday, May 16||4:05pm|
|11||Cronulla Sharks||Jubilee Stadium||Friday, May 21||4:03pm|
|12||Wests Tigers||Bankwest Stadium||Friday, May 28||7:55pm|
|13||Brisbane Broncos||Jubilee Stadium||Thursday, June 3||7:50pm|
|14||Canterbury Bulldogs||Stadium Australia||Monday, June 14||4pm|
|15||Canberra Raiders||WIN Stadium||Saturday, June 19||5:30pm|
|16||New Zealand Warriors||Mt Smart Stadium||Friday, July 2||6pm|
|18||Manly Sea Eagles||Lottoland||Friday, July 16||7:55pm|
|19||Gold Coast Titans||Jubilee Stadium||Sunday, July 25||2pm|
|20||South Sydney Rabbitohs||WIN Stadium||Saturday, July 31||3pm|
|21||Canberra Raiders||GIO Stadium||Friday, August 6||6pm|
|22||Penrith Panthers||WIN Stadium||Friday, August 23||6pm|
|23||Sydney Roosters||Jubilee Stadium||Sunday, August 22||2pm|
|24||North Queensland Cowboys||WIN Stadium||Saturday, August 28||3pm|
|25||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Stadium Australia||Saturday, September 4||7:35pm|
Dragons players to watch in 2021
There were a few disappointments for Paul Vaughan last season, but perhaps the most striking is that he went the entire campaign without scoring a single try. The NSW prop is usually a dangerous outlet on the front row, and he will hope to rediscover his scoring touch in 2021.
Position: Halfback, hooker
Is this guy worth $1.2 million a year? Now entering his fourth season in the red and white, Ben Hunt still has a few critics to silence. Whether he plays hooker or halfback, St George Illawarra’s new captain needs to deliver a lot more than he has done so far.
A talented trouble-magnet, Corey Norman made a decent fist of his first two seasons at St George Illawarra. After another incident-filled preseason, the Queenslander will have to keep delivering on the field in 2021 if he is to secure a new contract.
St George Illawarra records and stats
- Most games: 273 – Ben Hornby and Ben Creagh
Most career points: 977 – Jamie Soward
Most points in a season: 234 – Jamie Soward (2009)
Most career tries: 124 – Matt Cooper
Most tries in a season: 27 – Nathan Blacklock (2001)
Most points in a match: 22 – Gareth Widdop, Jamie Soward, Amos Roberts
- Most consecutive wins: Nine (2011)
Most consecutive losses: Six (2013)
Biggest winning margin: 54-0 (vs. Warriors, 2000)
Biggest losing margin: 10-70 (vs. Storm, 2000)
- Founded in 1998 and playing their first season the following year, the St George Illawarra Dragons are a joint venture between two clubs with very different legacies.
St George were a powerhouse of the NSWRL. They won 15 premierships between 1924 and 1998, including a record 11 in a row during the ’50s and ’60s. By the time the National Rugby League was formed, only South Sydney had won more first-grade flags than the Dragons.
The Illawarra Steelers were rugby league’s whipping boys. They won the wooden spoon three times in 17 years of top-flight footy and reached the playoffs only twice, never once playing in a grand final or winning a premiership.
As the ’90s wore on and the NRL sprang into the existence, it became apparent the Steelers could not survive on their own. Seeing an opportunity to expand both their fanbase and their junior ranks, the Dragons stumped up the bulk of the cash for a new team that encompassed both the swish Sydney suburbs of St George and the working-class coastal region of Illawarra.