By Mary Maidiotis
St George Illawarra Dragons lock Trent Merrin admits his side has plenty to learn from the attacking nature of their recent 32-18 win against the Canberra Raiders at WIN Stadium, Wollongong.
Merrin, 25, says the forthcoming week-off will be tremendously beneficial to the team moving forward and will not hurt their momentum.
The NSW Blues representative is now looking forward to finding out if he will be representing his state once again and believes that the pressure is on the reigning champions to continue where they left off on the State of Origin stage.
“It was a huge win, it’s always great running out here at WIN Stadium and having the red-and-white fans pack out the hill, it’s awesome to get away with the two points as well,” said Merrin.
“It was an attacking game today and we probably could have scored a lot more points but we were getting a bit anxious there.
“We weren’t used to being in that attacking position, so it’s a game that we can learn from and take into the season but it was definitely great to let the halves do their thing on Sunday.
“The week off will be great for the team, a few of the boys are hurting and the rest will do us well.
“This Origin camp is going to be full on because the series restarts and now it all comes down to this preparation and how we take on the week.
“The pressure is definitely going to be on us but we have to go into the week ready to take off where we left it and hopefully I get selected.”