By Rachael Price
St George Illawarra Dragons winger Brett Morris is adamant the Red-and-Whites’ march to the Finals begins with a victory over the Penrith Panthers at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Sunday.
The 27-year-old knows stumbled against the Sydney Roosters last round but is confident at the task ahead against the high-flying Penrith Panthers who presently sit third on the NRL table.
The Australian international additionally hopes former teammate Jamie Soward will be received well at their last Wollongong home game of the season after his previous service to the Club.
“It’s very important that we play well against the Panthers, we want to get into the Finals so we have to win almost every game,” said Morris.
“It’s a big game for us and they’re coming off a big win against the Bulldogs; they really stood up to the Doggies.
“We understand what’s coming at us and what we’ll be up against on Sunday and that’s a Penrith side that is full of confidence.
“Obviously Jamie Soward was a big part of this club, especially when we won the Grand Final and there are a lot of fans out there who love Sowie so I’m sure he’ll get a good reception.
“He did great things for the club and he deserves a good reception but we’re coming up against him and we want to beat him.
“Wollongong is a home ground for me; it’s a ground I love playing at and it’s a ground I played a lot of footy at growing up so it is a bit disappointing that it’s our last game here.
“We’ve come up against some tough opponents in the past few weeks and while we did have those tough losses we played well in all of those games.
“We took a lot of confidence out of those games; we know that if we get through our sets and keep possession we know we can score points.
“I think we’ll gain a lot of confidence if we pull through against the Panthers, they’re near the top of the ladder and getting wins against teams like that will give us a boost.
“We have to try and win every game to get into the Finals and that starts this week; we need a good win and hopefully we can build on it.
“I’m just looking forward to getting out there and giving the fans a good game of footy at our Wollongong ground, it’s a field I love playing at.”