Demetriou: Job Well Done
St George Illawarra Dragons Assistant Coach believes many boxes were ticked-off following the 50-6 6 victory over the Wynnum Manly Seagulls at Pinklands Oval, Redlands on Saturday.
The Red-and-Whites fielded a travelling squad of 24 players throughout the pre-season trial fixture which included several new signings for the team as well as both members of the Club’s National Youth Competition team and seven players presently contracted with the Illawarra Cutters.
Dragons duo Adam Quinlan and Taane Milne were the only two contracted first-grade players to compete for the entirety of the match whilst fellow new recruits Russell Packer and Siliva Havili managed to play at least 40 minutes.
“I thought we got a lot out of it and that the boys stuck to the things that we had identified and spoke about before the game and all week,” said Demetriou.
“We have thrown a few new structures at them over the past few weeks and the boys really stuck to it, especially in the first 25-30 minutes when we were very clinical.
“During that time we barely made any errors and that really took its toll on the Wynnum side.
“I thought our senior boys were really good, not just in the game but also during the week in the lead up to the game.
“When the young guys came on they did a great job, as did each of the Cutters players when they came into the game.
“Blake Wallace scored three tries, Shaun Nona did good things and I thought Shannon Wakeman was outstanding as well.
“He in particular showed his quality at that level and it shows that we have a lot of depth in the Club that runs beyond the Dragons squad.”