St George Illawarra Dragons National Youth Competition team lock Abraham Atallah hopes the team can learn from recent week leading into the local derby against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah on Sunday.

The Young Dragons notched only their second win of the season in a hard-fought 24-20 encounter against the Canberra Raiders prior to the bye last round.

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Atallah admits the entire team realise they cannot squander this momentum and must play to the final whistle against their local rivals if they are to press on and commence a positive run of games.

“We had a really good start to the game which set us up from there for the remainder of the game,” said Atallah.

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"We spoke about playing the entire eighty minutes as we had identified that we had dropped off in stages in previous matches and closed out games.

"We knew the second-half in particular was going to be amongst the most difficult this season for the reasons mentioned and everyone knew what to expect.

"We need to now string a few games together which starts against the Sharks this weekend in the local derby.

"We haven’t one back-to-back this season yet so that is the goal and hopefully we can build from there.”

The Dragons are encouraging all Members and fans to wear “Red” for a Red V Red Out at Jubilee Oval on Sunday and will have “Get Red-y” stations equipped with face painting, airbrush tattoo artists and merchandise to assist our fans to get “Red-y” with prizes on offer for the best dressed.

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The Dragons will also be holding a special Community Open Day at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah this Thursday where Red V Members and supporters alike are invited to watch the Dragons train at Kogarah between 5.00pm -7.00pm ahead of clash against the Sharks on Sunday.

There is a free sausage sizzle and activities for the kids as well as the opportunity for autographs and photos with the players on the field post training.

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