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St George Illawarra Dragons prop Russell Packer believes the team will learn from recent lessons ahead of the trial fixture against the New Zealand Warriors at Trafalgar Park, Nelson on Saturday.

Dragons Head Coach Paul McGregor has named a 26-man team for their third match of the pre-season and is keen to see an improvement from the dour 18-14 loss to the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the annual Charity Shield fixture last weekend.

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Packer believes that the team will quickly come to terms with what needs improving in their game from that most recent outing and admits the trial games are there to identify any mistakes early on.

“Mary has every right to feel the way that he does as the intent wasn’t there for whatever reason,” said Packer.

“We need to learn from that and go forward next week and find a way to rectify that and come out and control things a little bit more.

“It was a good learning curve and obviously we played a Souths team who were missing some top-tier players so we will need to review the game and right our wrongs basically.

 “It was good to get a few minutes out there as it was a step-up in competition from the Wynnum-Manly trial and while it is a trial we need to move forward.

“If that is our starting block then it won’t take much to get better than that.”

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