I went to the match. I was so cold by the end of the match that I was shivering and that's with three layers of almost everything on. I then came home from the match, about half an hour later than I usually get home from a match because that must have been the longest rugby league match I have been to.
It was a typical first game really, with some potentially great plays not coming off due to misreads or handling errors showing ring rustiness. There was some feisty stuff and some frustration with the ref who got a little bit carried away with himself just before halftime. But that helped the fans to become involved, which is always a challenge when the Dragons visit because not having opposition fans doesn't really help with the atmosphere.
The crowd was decent for a freezing night in February at just over 12,000 and the build up to the game was great. Pity about the injury in the first minute. That threw everything out of sync really. I'm pleased that the player is ok.
From a Saints POV we have to get a handle on our emotions and play our way into the season. I was very very impressed with our defence. Our attack needs work.
As I predicted, if we won this game then it would be close, and it was. It would have been a lot closer if the Dragons had had both their halfbacks playing.
Not a particularly enjoyable game due to all the stoppages and the frustrating errors but it was good to be back at Langtree Park again, and it's great that the new season has started.
At last. A sensible review of the game. Instead of all the tedious critism of the referee.