The Dragons bench looks on during their Round 14 loss to the Bulldogs.

Controversial try not to blame for Dragons loss

Dragons coach Paul McGregor refused to hold a bizarre Bulldogs try involving a self-pass from Tony Williams responsible for his side's 34-16 loss on Monday afternoon.

McGregor was quick to point out key statistics which contributed to the loss but didn't mind having a slight jab or two at the match officials after the game. 

 

 
The Dragons mentor noted his side had received just one second half penalty in their past three games, and questioned some decisions adjudicated by the bunker on Monday.

"In three games of footy, we have had one penalty in 120 minutes. So geez the other team must be very disciplined," McGregor said. 

"If you look at [Michael] Lichaa's try – nobody has seen the ball go down yet. And I'm not sure about T-Rex's try, but that wasn't why we lost the game. 

"We lost the game because defensively we weren't good enough. Some of the decisions though were a tough pill to swallow."

McGregor said he would be in discussions with NRL referees' boss Tony Archer in the lead-up to their clash against Melbourne on Saturday.

"I've had a chat the past fortnight. I've been through the right channels, through the emails and we'll do it again," McGregor said. 

"But they have their job to do, and I have mine, and at the moment I'd rather spend my time coaching."

McGregor said the Bulldogs' dominant yardage gain – with 470 more metres than the Red V – was a massive contributor to the result.

"The opposition ran for over 2000 metres so that's not acceptable. Let's put that on the table straight away," he said.

"Certainly though the game is hard enough when you're not getting any decisions go your way at some stage – and nothing went our way. That's footy sometimes."