NewsCO.com.au – Red-hot Widdop not buying into perfect Dragons hype before 100th game

April 17, 2018

Gareth Widdop didn’t listen to the bookies when they tipped his side to miss the finals, and he’s not about to start now they’ve made the Dragons premiership favourites.

Paul McGregor’s men were largely friendless in NRL premiership betting prior to the season’s kick-off, but have firmed into title favouritism on the back of a red-hot 6-0 start to the year.

On fire: Gareth Widdop has hit top form for the Dragons this season.

On fire: Gareth Widdop has hit top form for the Dragons this season.

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Widdop has led the charge – sitting second in Dally M voting and leading the competition with 78 points – but the Dragons skipper said he’s happy to leave title predictions to the punters.

“They jump on it quick when you’re winning don’t they,” Widdop said. “We all play this game to win premierships, there’s not doubt about that, but it’s about the process first. We’re certainly happy with the way we’ve started the season but there’s still areas we need to work on and improve.

“[Favouritism’s] a little bit different but we’re not worried about what people say externally. Everyone’s voicing their opinion and that’s fair enough but we’ve always said we can only control what we do internally.”

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