St George Illawarra Dragons National Youth Competition team centre Izaac Thompson admits the team will need to perfect their execution if they are to overcome the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Remondis Stadium, Cronulla on Sunday.
The Young Dragons were narrowly defeated 30-24 by the North Queensland Cowboys last round falling victim to a last-ditch intercept try in the final stages of the encounter.
The local Kingsgrove Colts junior concedes that despite the scoresheet his team mates performed well in the match and is aware only a minor lack in concentration let the side down.
Thompson knows his team will mentally rally in time to compete against their local rivals and has backed them to do enough for the two-points.
“I thought that we played well but a few little errors is what led us to the loss,” said Thompson.
“There were though a lot of positives that we can take out of the game including our ability to hang in there for the entire eighty minutes which is a testament to us training hard throughout the week.
“We will study what went wrong and hopefully understand that in time for the local derby against the Sharks.
“We have been getting better over the past several weeks and the commitment is there; it’s now just a matter of perfecting the execution before the season gets away from us.
“The Sharks on their own turf will be difficult but I am confident we have what it takes to get away with the win.”