The St George Illawarra Dragons suffered a heavy loss to the Dolphins, highlighting the challenge facing any rookie coach taking over from departed coach Anthony Griffin. While the Dragons are set to appoint promising assistant Jason Ryles as their new coach, it remains to be seen whether he is up to the task.
The Dolphins have been successful in their first season under highly experienced coach Wayne Bennett, and with the support of recruitment chief Peter O’Sullivan. The Dragons were missing Ben Hunt’s leadership in their loss to the Dolphins and face a tough game against reigning premiers the Panthers next.
Despite trying hard on the night, the Dragons were convincingly beaten, slumping to their seventh loss in eight games.
The upcoming game against the Panthers looks likely to be a bloodbath, as the Dragons struggle to turn their fortunes around. While Ryles may show promise in the years to come, some have expressed concern that the board and management may have missed a chance to appoint an experienced coach like Des Hasler, Shane Flanagan or Michael Maguire.