By Nathan Beuman

St George Illawarra Dragons hooker Heath L’Estrange believes the team will compete with confidence against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park on Sunday.

The Dragons presently boast the best defensive record in the competition after five rounds which the Hills Bulls junior admits will put them in good stead against their upcoming opposition’s large forward-pack.

L’Estrange is keen to continue playing his role, whether it be as starting rake or coming on from the interchange, and is ready for what awaits.

“Nothing changes for us in regards to our game plan,” said L’Estrange.

“What has brought us this far is concentrating on us during the week and a little bit on our opposition.

“Our success comes along on the back of our mentality and fitness built up over the pre-season.

“We know we can hold teams out.

“We have the confidence in each other that we have each others backs, whether it’s the far right side, the far left side, or the middle.

“Those important times where our backs are against the wall, if we can hold team out, then that will give us more confidence to attack.

“I think we were a bit frazzled after the first two weeks but everything is coming together now.

“There is a lot of confidence within the team, especially our middle.

“On the back of that, if the middle has confidence, our edges have confidence.

“Everyone is really enjoying themselves.”