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The short and drama-filled NRL career of St George Illawarra coach Steve Price

Canberra Times logo Canberra Times 26/05/2014 Michael Chammas

February 2011: Steve Price gets first crack at coaching the Dragons in the Charity Shield against South Sydney while Wayne Bennett was away with the NRL All Stars. He then led the Dragons to a World Club Challenge triumph over Wigan in England, as Bennett remained in Australia to be with his ill mother-in-law.

March 30, 2011: Dragons announce Price as Bennett’s replacement for 2012 as part of a two-year deal.

March 1, 2012: In his first NRL game in charge of the Dragons, Price tasted success against his mentor Bennett as the Dragons prevailed 15-14 in a nail-biter at Hunter Stadium to open the season.

May 4, 2012: The Dragons suffer a 30-6 loss to North Queensland that was the catalyst for a horror run home. The Dragons won four of their next 14 games to finish ninth and miss the finals for the first time since 2007.

March 24, 2013: Price’s future comes under scrutiny after the Dragons start the season with three convincing losses, the third time in Price’s tenure that his side had lost three consecutive matches.

April 14, 2013: A one-point win over the Tigers at the SCG has Price notch three consecutive wins for the first time in his career.

April 25, 2013: At half-time of the Anzac Day clash against the Roosters, the Dragons announce a one-year contract extension for Price, however, the Dragons lost that match and the next two.

September 7, 2013: The Dragons finish their season with a win over the Warriors, but four wins from their final 16 games had them finish 14th, the worst of the joint venture’s history. It was also the first time St George Illawarra missed the finals in two consecutive years.

March 22, 2014: Dragons rack up the three straight wins to start the season.

May 17, 2014: The Dragons are thumped by Parramatta in Benji Marshall’s first game for the club – their sixth loss in seven games – in what would be Price’s last game in charge.

May 26, 2014: The Dragons announce the sacking of Price, naming Paul McGregor as caretaker coach.

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