By Nathan Beuman
St George Illawarra Dragons second-rower Tyson Frizell believes the team is brimming with positivity leading into the opening home game against the Melbourne Storm at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah next Monday.
The Dragons have finalised their pre-season conditioning program which saw all members of the first-grade squad train for four months and compete in trial fixtures across three countries.
The most recent pre-season fixture was the 18-12 victory over the Warrington Wolves in the World Club Series at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warringon, a match that saw Frizell cross the stripe in the second minute of play.
The local Corrimal Cougars junior admits the team dug-deep for the important win with that momentum hopefully carried into their match against the Storm.
“The entire team dug deep over the pre-season and you only have to see that in our pre-season games,” said Frizell.
“Hopefully we can keep up that performance and positivity leading into the new campaign.
“We wanted to prepare well leading into the Warrington game and that’s what we did.
“We trained nearly every day over there and I think that is what really showed in our performance in the match.
“The conditions weren’t really good or suited to us but in the end we dug deep and came away with the win, which was good.
“You can take positives and negatives out of that game and leading into our first home game of the new season, we will be studying the tape to see where we can improve and what we did well.”