St George Illawarra Dragons

Peter Mata'utia happy to be Josh Dugan's fill-in

Simon Brunsdon   Peter Mata'utia has spent the year plugging gaps for Paul McGregor, so he is confident about providing cover for Josh Dugan and maintaining St George Illawarra's early-season momentum through the demanding State of Origin period.

Merrin puts hand up to captain Blues

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19:  Trent Merrin poses during the New South Wales Blues State of Origin Team Announcement and Media Session at The Star on May 19, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Michael Carayannis   He has the right references, and Trent Merrin says he would be undaunted by the responsibility of captaining his state.

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Dugan emerges as shock captaincy contender

Josh Dugan

Adrian Proszenko   St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor predicts Josh Dugan will become a contender for the club captaincy if he continues his remarkable transformation from bad boy to "model citizen".

The tears from Josh Dugan nobody saw

Andrew Webster headshot dinkus

Andrew Webster   The NSW Origin fullback nearly blew it all with a stupid Instagram pic

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Creagh says Dragons need to be more ruthless

Ben Creagh

Mitch Jennings   St George Illawarra's stunning resurgence is built on defensive discipline, but captain Ben Creagh has demanded the Dragons develop a more ruthless edge if they are to cement a top four place this season.

Marshall and Widdop shine in Dragons' victory against Raiders

Ouch: Dragons halfback Benji Marshall is given a don't argue by Canberra's Shannon Boyd.

Michael Chammas   Very few expected St George Illawarra to be sitting atop the NRL ladder heading into the Origin period but coach Paul McGregor insists his side are still earning the respect of the rest of the competition.

Raiders not blaming Croker no try for Dragons loss

Referee Ben Cummins speaks to Raiders skipper Jarrod Croker.

Lee Gaskin   The Canberra Raiders had a Jarrod Croker try controversially disallowed in a 32-18 loss to the Dragons.

Stuart dumbfounded by double movement call

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 19: Raiders coach Ricky Stuart watches on during the round seven NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Canberra Raiders at Leichhardt Oval on April 19, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas   Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart was seething at the match officials after they rejected what he believes was "a try everyday of the week" for his side in the loss to the Dragons on Sunday.

Croker's El Magic touch

Jarrod Croker.

Jon Tuxworth   Hazem El Masri insists Jarrod Croker has enough time on his side to give his NRL points record a real shake. 

Dragons brace for vastly improved Raiders

Jack de Belin of the Dragons is tackled by Paul Vaughan of the Raiders during the round three match.

Toppling Canberra again is going to be a much tougher ask this time around, says Dragons coach Paul McGregor.

Nielsen appeals St George Illawarra sacking

Axed: Dane Nielsen wants to return to the NRL.

Michael Carayannis   Former Queensland centre Dane Nielsen has sought a leave to appeal his sacking by St George Illawarra in a bid to keep his NRL career alive.

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Raiders searching for fourth straight win against Dragons

Jarred Croker and Jordan Rapana celebrate a try by Rapana in the match against the Titans. Can they continue their resurgence against the Dragons?

Jon Tuxworth   Canberra Raiders skipper Jarrod Croker has been around long enough to accept as the norm his side being written off before a ball's been kicked in anger.

Schifcofske says Wighton can fill Dugan's shoes

Mercury. Sport. Water Dragons. Josh Dugan with some of the St George Illawarra Dragon team as they take to the water at the Wollongong Continental pools for a training session. Wednesday 13 May 2015. Story. Mitch Jennings. Photo. Kirk Gilmour

Jon Tuxworth   Former Canberra Raiders skipper Clinton Schifcofske has "no doubt" Jack Wighton can become as dangerous as Josh Dugan.

Monday Night Football problem needs radical solution

Steve Mascord

Steve Mascord   ​Monday night's South Sydney-St George Illawarra game was a high-quality, entertaining encounter – but I'm willing to wager it was a better spectacle on television than it was at the ground.

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Dugan itching to take on Raiders, then Blues No.1 job

Hungry: Josh Dugan is focusing on the job at hand.

Mitch Jennings   With the NSW No.1 jersey beckoning, Dragons fullback Josh Dugan has no intention of curbing his physical style of play even if he spends more time in the rehab room than the training paddock.

Sutton rushed to hospital with fears he could miss up to two months

Sutton catches a stray digit in the eye.

Michael Carayannis   John Sutton is expected to face more time on the sidelines with the Rabbitohs back-rower rushed to hospital with fears he has a detached retina.

Rabbitohs down Dragons in thriller

Much-needed win: South Sydney Rabbitohs players celebrate Aaron Gray's first try.

Michael Carayannis   South Sydney returned to their winning ways with a high quality 16-10 victory against St George Illawarra on Monday night

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'He's one tough bugger': Williams earns teammates' respect after playing on with collapsed lung

Sam Williams in action against Melbourne Storm at Canberra Stadium last month.

Jon Tuxworth   No one can argue with Canberra Raiders forward Sia Soliola's assessment of Sam Williams after he put the team ahead of his own health by playing with a collapsed lung.

Rabbitohs break losing streak with tough win

Give the man some room to move: The sight of Greg Inglis feeding a scrum is not a great sign for the game.

Richard Shute   The Dragons are on the hunt for a seventh straight win against a Rabbitohs team who have lost three games in a row.

Packer puts in a solid day on road back

Russell Packer in his first match since his release from jail.

Adrian Proszenko   The Newtown Jets may be known as the Betty Ford Clinic of the NRL but it was the bloke on the other team who was today's redemption story.

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