SportMark Carroll lambasts Dragons players over lack of effort
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Mark Carroll believes St George Illawarra's players need to take more responsibility for the Dragons' awful form in 2019.
Calls for the club to sack coach Paul McGregor are growing by the day, but Carroll reckons the man with the clipboard isn't the main problem.
After watching the Dragons' embarrassing 36-14 defeat to the Canberra Raiders last Sunday, he highlighted a lack of genuine effort from the men on the field as the cause of their woes.
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"Mate, they've got five Origin players, two English internationals, two Fijian internationals, one Samoan international. They should be doing miles better," Carroll told Triple M.
"They keep blaming the coach. It all comes down to the players individually doing their own job.
"I watched their game last week and it all comes down to attitude. Attitude starts in defence [and] hurting people through the middle.
"There's too many arms tackles."
Carroll is especially baffled by the decision to give halfback Ben Hunt the night off for Friday's crucial match against the Penrith Panthers.
"They've got to win six from eight and they're resting him. You've got to be kidding me, aren't you?" he said.
And the former NSW and Australian hardman has a dire warning for the club if they continue their downward spiral.
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"The crowd won't turn up, mate. They're winners; they hate losing. They've got to win six from eight – good luck," he said.
Despite being placed 14th with only six wins in 2019, McGregor declared his team could still win the premiership after the Raiders loss.
While McGregor is a mate of his, Carroll thinks the under-fire coach is delusional for aiming so high given the current situation.
"Sure he hasn't got concussion? Seriously. Mary, you've got to win six from eight and you want to win the comp? Good luck," he said.
"I love Mary and I played footy with him for Australia and his passion's always been outstanding.
"Every coach thinks they're going to win every game, but at the moment it all comes down to the players. Who's going to roll their sleeves up and have a dig?"
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