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By Nathan Beuman

St George Illawarra Dragons centre Dane Nielsen is confident the team can bounce back against the Canberra Raiders at GIO Stadium, Canberra on Saturday.

The Dragons have yet to win a fixture this season having been downed by both the Melbourne Storm and Wests Tigers in their opening two matches.

Nielsen, 29, says that while the results have not been what the playing group has wanted, the group are focused on overturning the poor start and regaining some early season momentum.

“We are more focused on ourselves because we have a lot more to improve on and that starts at training,” said Nielsen.

“Obviously we don’t have a lot of time to prepare with the short turnaround but we have been put through our paces so far.

“It’s usually always cold, sometimes wet and windy in Canberra, so it always makes for an interesting game at the other clubs I have travelled with in the past.

“I’m pretty sure Saturday is going to be one of those games for us.

“Obviously Mary was disappointed by the loss against the Tigers.

“To be honest, there weren’t too many people who are more disappointed than the players themselves.

“Eto Nabuli is one of the positives from the early matches and has been really impressive for a young fella who has only played his second game of first grade.

“Every time he has got an opportunity in his first two games, he has taken it with two hands and tried to make the most of it.”

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