St George Illawarra Dragons Assistant Coach Jason Demetriou is pleased with the performance of the team following the 44-4 win over the Central Queensland Capras at Browne Park, Rockhampton on Saturday.
The Red-and-Whites scored nine tries in a dominant display which included doubles to winger Tom Carr, centre Corey Browne and five-eighth Drew Hutchison as well as a first-half which saw the team commit only three errors.
However, Demetriou concedes that there are areas of improvement heading into the new season following nine errors made during the second-half but is ultimately happy with what he saw.
“I was very happy with the game and the way we performed but most pleasing was the discipline shown by the players,” said Demetriou.
“It was our fourth trial and there could have been some complacency from the boys, as I’m sure some would have liked to have the weekend off, but we were very professional with the way we approached the game.
“I didn’t know what to expect leading into the game as I knew the Capras has a tough year last season but I knew they had some good players in their ranks.
“I spoke to the players before the match and told them to expect a tough game and despite what the score line showed it was.
“We made only three errors from the first 21 sets which I was very impressed with but the second-half was slightly the opposite.
“We got ahead of ourselves a bit and started playing against the scoreboard instead of trying to complete each individual set.
“We came up with nine errors during that period which is way too many in any game of footy.
“Our defence though was very impressive despite what became messy at stages.
“I thought both Drew Hutchison and Blake Wallace really played well together during the first half while Josh McCrone looked good when playing as hooker.
“We let the sets do the work and took the opportunities when they came but I felt during the second-half we were trying to manufacture something from nothing instead of staying patient.
“We completed our sets well and dented the line while our front generated game speed and the halves played off the back of that.
“Our support play was well as well as our kicking game during the first-half.
“We showed that the Dragons have a lot more depth than they have in previous years.”