Dragons celebrate another try:           NRL Rugby League, Round 2, NZ Warriors v St George Dragons at Eden Park, Saturday March 15th 2014. Digital image by Shane Wenzlick, copyright nrlphotos.com

Creagh: Early Days Yet

St George Illawarra Dragons Captain Ben Creagh is focused on improving his efforts before going up against the Sutherland-Cronulla Sharks at Remondis Stadium, Cronulla on Saturday.

Although the Red V have started the season well, the Australia international believes the team should not get carried away as it is extremely early in the 2014 season.

The 29-year-old is impressed with the performances of front rowers and new recruits alike and hopes to see their execution continue to improve over the coming rounds.

“We haven’t been concerning ourselves with opposition teams and it will be the same before we take on the Sharks,” said Creagh.

“We’ve been making sure our defense is right, our attack is ready to go; it’s been working well for us and hopefully it will again this week.

“There’s definitely room for improvement; we’re going to go up against some really tough sides and it’s only early days at the moment.

“We have a couple of wins under our belt, but we can’t get too carried away considering it’s only Round 3.

“All the new boys have seen the rivalry between the Sharks and Dragons so there’s not much that we have to explain.

“It’s always an intense and fiery match which is good for the fans.

“The Sharks are missing a few players this week so their doing it tough, but they are playing at home, so they’ll have a very vocal home crowd and it’ll be a real tough match for us.

“I played alongside Matt Prior for a lot of years so it’s going to be good to go up against him; he’s a tough forward and we’ll have our hands full with him.

“Gareth Widdop has been a great asset to the team and Michael Witt has been playing really good too as has Sam Williams and Mike Cooper has been outstanding.

“Joel Thompson coming in off the bench has been doing a great job for us in the back row; he runs the ball hard and he’s very aggressive in defense.

“Our improvement in defense has been a collective effort by all the team, we can’t rely on one or two players to defend well, everyone has to be focused on keeping the line.

“We’re not getting too far ahead of ourselves, we have a young team with a lot of new players and we’ve done a lot of work in attack and defense, but we still have a lot of work to do.”