Digital Image by Robb Cox ©nrlphotos.com: Gareth Widdop :NRL Rugby League - Round 7; Illawarra Cutters V The Warriors at WIN Jubilee Stadium, Saturday the 19th of April 2014.

St George Illawarra Dragons five-eighth Gareth Widdop has welcomed the air of enthusiasm surrounding the team ahead of the clash against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park on Sunday.

The Dragons, who sit ninth on the table, commenced their preparation for the marquee Mother’s Day fixture with an emphasis on player fitness evaluation after an extended break on Tuesday.

Widdop revealed the team will later transition into ball skill work and admits an emphasis on team discipline will also be targeted.

“This was a our first real session back and everyone is back with enthusiasm after having a few days off and we’re all looking forward to the week ahead,” said Widdop.

Our discipline and several errors, including some drop balls in our own half, has really cost us over the last few weeks and that’s something that we need to work on, eradicating those simple errors.

“If we can fix that up I think everything else can take care of itself.

“The Bulldogs have been a great time this season in a competition where everyone else has been capable of beating one another.

“They are currently top of a strong competition so we will have to prepare appropriately.

“It will be a good test to see how we have improved and look forward to playing against the Doggies.”