The St George Illawarra Dragons were widely fancied in 2019, but their star-studded squad fell to pieces and wound up in 15th place.
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 and WIN Stadium|
|Coach:||Dean Young (caretaker)|
|Premierships:||One – 2010|
|2019 ladder finish:||15th (8-16)|
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Updated Dragons futures odds
|2020 Premiership||Make Finals||Make Top 4||Dally M Odds|
Best St George Illawarra bets for NRL 2020
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. They fail when fancied and fire when forgotten. NRL betting sites have the Red V finishing in the bottom half this year, which means they are a decent chance to play finals.
- St George Illawarra set their sights on the top four last year but went closer to winning the wooden spoon. Their star power is obvious, but do they have a winning mentality? The Dragons could climb into the top eight this year, but they could just as easily wind up bottom of the ladder.
- Someone has to step up to fill the void left by Gareth Widdop’s departure. It is a big year for Queensland reps Ben Hunt and Corey Norman, but NSW prop Paul Vaughan could be the club’s best bet in the Dally M Medal markets.
Dragons players to watch in 2020
Vaughan was one of the standouts in an otherwise poor 2019 for the Dragons. The star prop has played in two State of Origin wins for NSW, so SGI fans will hope he can bring some of that winning culture back to his club.
Is this guy worth $1.2 million a year? Now entering his third season in the red and white, Hunt still has a few critics to silence. With Gareth Widdop gone, now is the time for the Queenslander to step up and show his real value.
A talented trouble-magnet, Norman made a decent fist of his maiden season at St George Illawarra and earned his first State of Origin cap for Queensland. Can he stay out of strife and keep delivering the goods?
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.