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Dragons thought they'd get away with BBQ

St George Illawarra players believed their illegal barbecue that breached public health orders wouldn't be a drama solely because they didn't think they'd get caught.

Ten of the Dragons' dirty dozen were read the riot act by ropeable club officials on returning to training on Monday, with Zac Lomax and Daniel Alvaro still absent after refusing to sign sworn statements.

Josh McGuire and Blake Lawrie also became the first visitors to Paul Vaughan's party to front the media on Tuesday, as other players took to social media and the Dragons website to apologise.

Lawrie claimed he never believed he was doing the wrong thing as the players were "in their own bubble", and had no hesitations going to the July 3 party.

But McGuire admitted the likes of he and Jack de Belin had let the club down as senior players.

"We did understand (what we were doing was wrong). We can't sit here and say we didn't," McGuire said.

"We were in Shellharbour which is a long way away from everything that was happening.

"The decision to go to the barbecue, everyone made. At the end of the day we just thought that there wasn't going to be a drama and we wouldn't get caught.

"We just thought if we kept it within the team it wasn't going to be a big deal and obviously it is."

The aftershocks from the Dragons' barbecue continued on Tuesday, with Matt Dufty, Tyrell Fuimaono and Kaide Ellis not named to face Manly and instead the first to serve their one-game bans.

Lomax and Alvaro will also miss that and the next two games, with the pair refusing to sign a sworn version of events of the night and therefore not able to fly into the Queensland bubble until Sunday.

It's now believed their decision is based on a fear they will be liable for any player who contracts COVID-19 if they sign the statement.

It comes after Paul Vaughan was sacked over the incident, leaving the Dragons without six players against the Sea Eagles.

Meanwhile McGuire claimed his call to Griffin the next day was one of the toughest of his career.

But he defended the players who hid in the house when police arrived.

"They were scared of repercussions of what would happen and I think it was just something like fight-or-flight mode," McGuire said.

"A few of us stood there and talked to police and a few boys didn't want to hang around."

Meanwhile Lawrie claimed he never thought what he was doing was wrong.

"If it crossed my mind I would have knocked it on the head straight away," the forward said.

"But I thought it was just a harmless get together and we're obviously seeing now how bad it's affected a lot of people.

When asked how the players could get it so wrong given that five million Sydney residents were in lockdown, Lawrie responded: "Because we're in our own bubble mate."

"We didn't think we were going to get away with it. We just thought it harmless."

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