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St George Illawarra's Ben Hunt and Corey Norman must run the ball

St George Illawarra's Corey Norman was dropped after another quiet game against South Sydney in round 12. Picture: GRANT TROUVILLE NRL IMAGERY
St George Illawarra's Corey Norman was dropped after another quiet game against South Sydney in round 12. Picture: GRANT TROUVILLE NRL IMAGERY

Memo to Corey Norman and Ben Hunt - stop playing in dinner suits.

How frustrating has it been in the past two weeks to watch these two representative players not run the ball more than a few times?

Against South Sydney in round 12, Norman had that long run when he picked up the loose ball after Rabbitohs' half Adam Reynolds was injured, setting up a runaway try for Matt Dufty.

But that was about it.

Norman was dropped after the match with Dragons' coach Paul McGregor disappointed the clever five-eighth didn't hammer the Rabbitohs' right edge defence when Reynolds left the field after 10 minutes.

Much has been made publicly of Norman's mega-deal, but it wouldn't matter if you're a bush footballer on a pie and a coke, halves have to run the ball.

The old saying in sport is always do what your opposition least expects. It takes them out of their comfort zone.

By not running, the opposition can just slide across, knowing there's no threat inside.

That crowds the outside backs and it's a credit to Dragons' centres Zac Lomax and Euan Aitken they've still been dangerous out wide (poor Dragons' fans, just when Aitken regains State of Origin-like form, he's off to the Warriors).

Hunt stepped into the No.6 role against the Roosters last week and served up the same, barely running the ball.

Again, Hunt is on a multi-million dollar deal, but it doesn't matter to some degree, he was happy to dish the ball off and not 'own' the game by taking on the understrength Roosters.

The pair could take a look at Brisbane's halfback Tom Dearden last week.

The youngster continually challenged Souths' defence and made a number of breaks.

Look, the Broncos didn't win, but you couldn't fault Dearden's dash.

Come on, Ben and Corey (if you win a recall), run the ball, the Dragons will be more unpredictable and win more games.

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