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NRL 2020 LIVE updates: Canterbury Bulldogs vs St George Illawarra Dragons

That’s it for us this afternoon.

So many questions for the Dragons, their chairman Andrew Gordon and his board, their new chief executive Ryan Webb, their coach Paul McGregor and their misfiring players. Strap yourselves in, going to be an interesting week down Wollongong way.

Thanks for joining us and we’ll be back for the Manly-Brisbane match on Thursday night.

The Bulldogs run out easy 22-2 winners and the Dragons have gone tryless in 160 minutes since the competition rebooted post COVID-19. It’s got to be the lowest ebb in the club’s history in recent history as they start the year 0-4. They’re dead last on the ladder.

The fans will be back at games next week in limited numbers, but will Paul McGregor?

Dragons aside for one moment, this will be a huge relief for Dean Pay who is fighting for a contract extension this year. They’ve been much better than the hammering they got from Manly last week. They’ve looked committed and have reined in the errors which blighted their first game back from the COVID-19 shutdown.

As for St George Illawarra? The Sharks are next and then the Titans, the only team they’ve beaten in their last 14 matches.

Game. Set. Match. The salt, there’s the open wound and now rub it in.

The Bulldogs go straight down the other end and Reimis Smith leaps high over Jordan Pereira from a Lachlan Lewis kick to put the icing on the cake – and maybe the nail in Paul McGregor’s coaching coffin.

Meaney makes no mistake with the conversion with Canterbury leading 22-2 with seven minutes left.

St George Illawarra will be stone motherless last tonight, the only team not to win during the first four weeks of the season.

The Dragons winger contorts himself around the corner post and just can’t quite ground the ball before it kisses the dead ball line. That just about sums up their season so far.

For those playing at home, 150 minutes since the NRL resumed without the Dragons scoring a try. But who’s counting?

While all the talk has been – and will be – about the Dragons at this rate, credit to the Bulldogs. After a very shaky start they’ve now completed 25 straight sets. It’s remarkable given the Warriors went 45 straight sets without a mistake last week against St George Illawarra.

Inside the last 15 minutes and the Bulldogs still leading by 14 points.

They’re the words of Fox League’s Braith Anasta after Tyson Frizell fumbles the ball on the first tackle after the Dragons finally get a little sniff inside the Bulldogs’ red zone. The last nine errors in the game have all been from St George Illawarra. You just can’t win NRL games doing that.

We’re into the last 20 minutes and the Bulldogs looking very good with a 16-2 lead.

Isaac Luke kicks downfield.

Isaac Luke kicks downfield.Credit:AAP

Dragons fans, where has it all gone wrong? This is a shadow of the club it used to be, and should be.

We’re not talking about a Roosters or Raiders here. With no disrespect, this is the Bulldogs they are making look good. They still haven’t scored a try in 134 minutes since the competition resumed. And don’t look like scoring one any time soon. Grim, grim times for the Red V faithful.

And in some breaking news…

The Bulldogs are in again.

This Queen’s Birthday is turning into a funeral for Paul McGregor’s coaching career. A simple switch to the left and a bad read from Zac Lomax ends up with Nick Meaney strolling over untouched. It all started when Corey Norman pulled out of catching a high bomb and there was an accidental offside with the ball rebounding into Euan Aitken.

Meaney kicks the conversion from the sideline. It’s 16-2 with 28 minutes to go. It’s a looooong way back for the Dragons from here.

They’re looking a little better to start the second half.

Euan Aitken has replaced Brayden Wiliame at left centre. When I was talking about trying to find a player to haul them out of this, his wasn’t the first name that came to mind. But let’s see. Rugby league is a strange game.

Josh Jackson runs the ball into the Dragons defence.

Josh Jackson runs the ball into the Dragons defence.Credit:Getty Images

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