St George Illawarra Dragons boss Paul McGregor said he believed his team could still win the NRL competition despite sitting in 14th on the ladder.

The Dragons were hammered 36-14 by Canberra this weekend and sit well adrift of the play off places with games running out, and although McGregor was highly critical of his team, he remained confident his side could compete if they picked up their performances.

“Absolutely. I think we can win it,” McGregor said when asked if the Dragons could still challenge.

“I know that might sound unrealistic sitting here right now, but that’s how I approach every training session and every game – that we’re going to put our best performance in and if we do that we can win games of footy and win a few in a row to play finals. If we’re healthy, look out.

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“But we’ve got a long way to go after tonight as that was a disappointing performance.

“I’m not going to defend that performance at all. It was the worst performance of the season. There’s no excuse. We have to improve quick,” he added.