By Mary Maidiotis

St George Illawarra Dragons second-rower Tyson Frizell is enthusiastic about continuing to improve following the 42-6 win over the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah on Sunday.

Frizell, 23, believes the Red V have proven they are capable of impressive defence and attack and hopes they will keep progressing during the second half of the season.

The Corrimal Cougars junior was selected as 18th man for the NSW Blues as part of the opening State of Origin fixture and admits the small taste has made him eager to work harder to make the 17.

“It was a good local derby and it was a massive confidence boost for the boys,” said Frizell.

“To come up against the Sharks and put in a great performance like that, a high-scoring game too in front of a packed home crowd was an awesome feeling.

“The attack is something that we’ve always had there but we have had to work on it, and although we scored a lot of points, it was still good to hold them to only six.

“We pride ourselves on our defence but our attack needed work, and we’ve showed in the past two games that we have it in us.

“We just want to keep playing consistent footy like we are at the moment and grinding out wins while continuing to restrict teams to a minimum.

“Off the back of that, our confidence will grow and hopefully we progress as the year goes on.

“There are areas we can improve on, definitely in attack, we can execute more plays and complete sets a bit better but we’re doing okay at the moment and if we continue the way we are, we’ll be going a long way to do well at the end of the year.

“Being a part of Origin was an awesome experience and being involved in that organisation is something everyone wants watching rugby league as a young kid.

“To get the call up and be a part of it makes you hungrier to be selected in that 17.”