By Nathan Beuman
St George Illawarra Dragons winger Jason Nightingale believes improvements are needed ahead of the match against West Tigers at Campbelltown Stadium on Monday.
The New Zealand international admits that the team will undertake video to analyse areas that require improvement that led to the 12-4 loss against the Melbourne Storm last round.
However, the local Renown United junior has also highlighted several notable positives from the game including the performance of teammate Eto Nabuli on his debut.
Dragons fullback Josh Dugan will be monitored throughout the week in the build-up to the fixture after suffering an ankle injury in the defeat to the Storm.
“Our attack was a bit off, our execution wasn’t quite there, and our timing was out,” said Nightingale.
“It’s great to put ourselves in those positions where we can attack and have that kind of ball, which shows that we completed really well, but unfortunately we weren’t able to do much with it.
“We are going to need to improve on what we did, and I’m sure we will in our video sessions this week.
“Eto is a pretty natural footballer and a lot of what he does is because of him.
“He is getting a lot better at reading the game as well and he will only get better.
“Losing Josh would be a massive loss whether it be one game, two games, however many games he misses.
“It’s a big loss for our team as he’s our fullback and one of our best players but he is being assessed and monitored by the Medical Staff. “
Dragons captain Ben Creagh has been officially ruled out for at least one month after scans confirmed he has sustained fractures in his lower back.
Dragons Coach Paul McGregor is yet to determine and name a replacement captain and lock for the clash against Wests Tigers.