Doubts raised over Mathew Head's future

Halfback Mathew Head's role in the Dragons squad remains in limbo after he spent the entire game on the bench during St George Illawarra's victory over Brisbane.Having named Head to start the game at halfback, master coach Wayne Bennett did not use him at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night, as the Dragons won 25-12.In a tactical move, Bennett decided to continue with captain Ben Hornby at halfback and leave former Broncos star Darius Boyd at fullback.

  • Full coverage of The St George Illawarra DragonsHead has played just 30 minutes of NRL this season after coming on as a replacement against the Sharks the previous week.In the opening two rounds he played with St George Illawarra feeder club Shellharbour.Head is playing for his future, after leaving the Wests Tigers to sign a one-year deal with the Dragons this year.Bennett used just 15 players in the game, with emerging prop Trent Merrin also left on the bench and still to make his NRL debut.While Head was left to wait for game time, five-eighth Jamie Soward produced one of his finest performances for the Dragons, playing a starring role in the victory.Soward was the subject of criticism for his defence after the Dragons' round-one loss to the Melbourne Storm, but showed his ability with a superb effort against the Broncos."He played outstanding," hooker Dean Young said. "Even though he's copped a bit of a hammering, he kept his head high and worked hard."His kicking game and general play are a big part of our side."Soward's showing was the first sign that the Dragons' attack is finding its feet this season.Bennett has built the team's game around rock-solid defence with roaring success.With Head on the sidelines and Hornby at halfback, Boyd was also superb at fullback, which will make it difficult for Head to force his way into the line-up for Friday night's clash with the Eels, at Parramatta Stadium.

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