St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor insists there is no cause for alarm despite setting an unwanted club record for failing to score in successive weeks.
McGregor said things weren’t as bad as they might look for the Dragons, who slumped to a woeful 26-0 NRL defeat to Brisbane on Thursday night.
On the back of their thumping against North Queensland last weekend, the joint-venture side has now gone 163 minutes without troubling the scorers and has just 40 points to their name for the season after six rounds.
It is the first time in club history they have been held scoreless for two weeks in a row.
Each time they threatened against the Broncos they proved their own worst enemy, making double the amount of errors as the premiership favourites and completing just 53 per cent of their sets in a terrible first half.
McGregor admitted his team was down on confidence and conceded he may need to swing the selection axe to bring his players out of their attacking funk.
But McGregor said the Dragons’ woes had to be viewed in proper context.
“You (the media) are obviously really trying to find something here about us not scoring points. I can understand that,” he said.
“But there’s a lot of things in the game where we can take a lot of credit.
“At the moment we’re not giving ourselves enough opportunity.
“Everyone’s trying hard. They might be trying a little bit too hard.
“We’ll just get to the bottom of it, clean it up and move forward.”
McGregor said supporters had to be mindful of the team’s tough start to the season, and the fact they were in Brisbane on a five-day turnaround.
“I don’t think too many teams are going to go to North Queensland or Brisbane and win and we’ve just had them two weeks in a row,” he said.
“I’m not going to sit here and make an excuse because we’ve got to be better.
“I feel the frustration from people watching the game that we’re not scoring tries.”
The Dragons have nine days to lick their wounds before they return to Queensland to face the Gold Coast Titans on April 16.
That is their second-last interstate trip of the year, with the rest of their games after round nine bar their final-round clash in Newcastle all to be played in Sydney – giving McGregor plenty of hope that their season could yet be revived.
“It’s a good way to finish the back end of the year but we’ve got to get confidence,” he said.