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globalrugbyleague - Mon, 14 May 2007 12:02:00 GMT
Anonymous internet fans with the courage to write behind a computer are continuing to call for the head of Nathan Brown following Sunday’s 27-8 loss to the Wests Tigers at Telstra Stadium.

The emotionally impulsive pleas for Brown to be axed were published on a rival website’s forum almost an hour after the Tigers doused the Dragons five tries to one.

A fan known as ‘Steel Dragon’ called for Brown to go “now” while a source known as “Follow Me Up To Carlton” suggested the Dragons appoint former player Paul McGregor as the new coach.

Others wished they could retrieve the two hours of their life which they’d allocated to watching the game.

Brown wasn’t totally deserted on the forums however with a supporter named ‘Borat’ accusing some of his fellow fans of ‘overreacting.’

Instead of blaming particular players or the coach, the gutsy lone ranger applied some measured criticism towards the way the Dragons are playing the game.

“The main thing that is costing us week after week is the ruck. We are getting hammered every week.

Slow to play the ball and not able to roll the opposition on their backs and slow down their play the ball. This is what is costing us.”

Longtime Dragons supporter GRL Phantom believes that Brown’s off-field critics do not pass the credibility test by publishing nasty diatribe under the protection of pseudonym.

“Yes, he’s (Brown) got to wear some responsibility as coach,” GRL Phantom admitted.

“But they don’t use real names (forum fans) and just give it to coaches.

“Be angry and frustrated if you must but try and be constructive not vindictive.

“The nasty diatribe has to stop.”

For the Red V army it was a case of lost opportunities yesterday.

Dragons supporters were left particularly shattered when Mathew Head attempted a one-handed try only to fumble the ball while leading the Tigers 8-6.

The video referee then rewarded Head for his show of confidence by giving the Dragons the red light, only for the Wests Tigers to score seconds later.

“There’s no doubt that that was the turning point”, Tigers fullback Brett Hodgson told the Daily Telegraph.

“I question the way we tried to put the ball down with no-one near you over the tryline”, Nathan Brown conceded at the post-match media mortem.

"Do you put the ball down one-handed over the tryline or two-handed? Which one?"

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Wests Tigers 27 (L Fulton, B Galea, C Lawrence, D Fitzhenry tries; B Hodgson 3 goals, J Morris field goal) d ST GEORGE-ILLAWARRA 8 (C Stanley try; M Head 2 goals) at Telstra Stadium. Referee: B Cummins Crowd: 13,625 - Read More, Here