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Brad Walter is Chief Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

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St George Illawarra Dragons skipper Ben Creagh grateful to parents

Brad Walter Ben Creagh's mother Jen always knew he would be successful at whatever he did, but the St George Illawarra captain says he could not have achieved what he has without her and his father Nick.

St George Illawarra Dragons run out of puff as pressure gets too much

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Brad Walter Pressure makes people act differently and on Sunday the Dragons went away from the the way they had been playing under Paul McGregor's coaching reign as they all but slipped out of top eight...

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Paul McGregor takes pride in Dragons' hard centre

Brad Walter Just six weeks ago their forwards were considered "soft" but St George Illawarra haven't conceded a try through the middle of the field under the coaching of Paul McGregor.

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Brisbane Broncos end St George Illawarra's perfect record

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Brad Walter Senior Brisbane players believe the Broncos have confirmed their standing as premiership contenders after inflicting St George Illawarra's first defeat to deny the Dragons the best start to a season...

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St George Illawarra coach Steve Price critical of 10-metre ruling

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Brad Walter St George Illawarra coach Steve Price has questioned the consistency of the 10-metre rule in Friday night's 36-20 loss to Brisbane and suggested that opposition teams were taking advantage of new...

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Benji Marshall vows to earn respect of new NRL teammates at St George Illawarra Dragons

Back on the paddock: Benji Marshall training with the Dragons on Tuesday.

Brad Walter After being introduced to his new St George Illawarra teammates by coach Steve Price on Tuesday, Benji Marshall told them he wanted to earn their respect before being selected for his first NRL...

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New St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor tells players to get on with job

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Brad Walter After receiving the blessing of sacked St George Illawarra coach Steve Price to take on his job, Paul McGregor delivered some home truths to the Dragons players at a meeting ahead of their first...

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St George Illawarra Dragons must fire soon or Steve Price will be feeling the heat

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Brad Walter It is too early for suggestions that St George Illawarra coach Steve Price has only six weeks to save his job, but if his players don't show greater commitment in the opening premiership matches, the...

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Michael Maguire sticks with plan to move John Sutton into forwards

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Brad Walter John Sutton's move into the forwards is expected to proceed as planned, despite South Sydney coach Michael Maguire being unable to try a new halves combination in the pre-season after the withdrawal...

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Gareth Widdop stars as Dragons outlast Tigers

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Brad Walter England five-eighth Gareth Widdop demonstrated why St George Illawarra had paid big money to sign him by spearheading the Dragons to a 44-24 defeat of Wests Tigers in his first appearance for the...

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Cowboys play the percentages with salary cap

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Brad Walter Kangaroos stars Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott and James Tamou are to be offered a percentage of North Queensland's salary cap in their next contracts due to the uncertainty about how high it will be.

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Players seek salary cap rise as union talks continue

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Brad Walter NRL players want the salary cap for next season to be more than the $5 million ceiling agreed to by clubs and the ARL Commission and are also seeking a five-year collective bargaining agreement.

Dragons are all huff and puff as Hodges sparks Broncos

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Brad Walter Justin Hodges played only 40 minutes but his class was the difference in Brisbane's gutsy defeat of St George Illawarra at WIN Stadium on Friday.

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Price's popularity with players could show up bookmakers

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Brad Walter St George Illawarra's Steve Price might be favourite to be the first NRL coach sacked this season but he has strong support within the club and there has even been talk of re-signing him.

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Double blow for Blues hopeful Dugan

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Brad Walter Josh Dugan must overcome fitness and judiciary concerns to play for NSW in Origin II after St George Illawarra officials revealed the star fullback would undergo scans on Monday.

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Soward's Super League switch denied as Dragons refuse to rule out return

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Brad Walter St George Illawarra officials are set to block a bid by out of favour five-eighth Jamie Soward to play out the season in England and have not ruled out the possibility of him wearing the Red V again.

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Winning Starts Monday

Penalty ploy to slow play should get sin bin

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Brad Walter Teams deliberately conceding penalties near their own tryline has joined the leg twist, the "cannonball" and the "crusher" as a tactic being employed across the NRL to slow the game down.

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Morris triple keeps the Storm firmly in an unfamiliar place

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Brad Walter St George Illawarra shocked Melbourne 26-18 on Friday night, with winger Brett Morris maintaining his incredible record at WIN Stadium with a hattrick.

Coote's quick pick-up adds to Sharks' anger

Lachlan Coote during the Round 19 NRL Wests Tigers V Penrith Panthers game at Campbelltown Stadium. Photo by Jonathan Ng

Brad Walter Set if six: It wasn't just the kick-off that had Cronulla officials riled on Saturday night.