The Stat to Fix: Dragons' unflattering error figures

Last week we revealed how the Dragons managed to go from the NRL's most listless attack in 2016 to one of the more potent just 12 months later.

That turnaround was sparked by more enterprising play, chiefly a willingness to push passes and chance their arm with offloads. But such an approach comes with obvious, and worrying, consequences for Paul McGregor.

Despite a strong defence that eventually ranked sixth across the competition, no side conceded as many tries from errors as the Dragons last season.

A whopping 20 tries (exactly a quarter of the 80 scored against St George Illawarra in 2017), came thanks to possession earned from a Dragons mistake.

Given the strides made with their offence thanks to their offloading game, we won't see the Red V suddenly shut up shop because of these costly errors.

But they do reveal the fine line the Dragons are treading as a result.