It has been a horrendous start to the year for St George-Illawarra Dragons – and some of their players have sensationally admitted their recent performances have not been up to the standard expected in the NRL.
The Dragons have only won two of their first six games, but it is their two most recent hit-outs which have caused plenty of concern.
They failed to score in their last two matches, against North Queensland and Brisbane, and have only scored 40 points in their first six games.
And fullback Josh Dugan has told Fox Sports that after a private meeting where some home truths were revealed, the players have admitted their performances have not been at NRL standard.
“Obviously I am not going to say what we said behind closed doors but we just sort of said a couple of things that we as players need to start driving.
“We haven’t been up to first grade standards over the last couple of weeks and that’s no secret.
“To not score a point in two weeks is pretty disappointing and to leak that many points as well (52 points) is disappointing.”