St George Illawarra Dragons National Youth Competition team fullback Matt Dufty admits there is an air of positivity leading into the clash against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park on Monday.

The Young Dragons were narrowly defeated 30-24 by local rivals the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks last round but still managed to run-in four tries in a comprehensive effort.

Dufty believes the entire playing squad are not fazed by the recent defeat and are keen to take to the field and play to their potential.

“I thought our left side during the first-half was very good and Jacob Host in particular was running good lines,” said Dufty.

“I thought all the players tried hard out on the field for the entire eighty minutes but it was a tough loss.

“We made a commitment to play until the final whistle which had been addressed as something we were lacking in finishing off in previous weeks.

“We will just continue to train hard throughout the week ahead of what will be a good clash against the Bulldogs.”