Junior Reps Reach Midway Point
The St George Illawarra Dragons Junior Representatives near the halfway point of their respective Junior Representative seasons on Saturday.
The St George Dragons Harold Matthews Cup (U16) and SG Ball (U18) teams will host the Sydney Roosters at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah.
Both Dragons teams require wins to ensure their respective Finals Series campaigns remain alive.
"This weekend we need to build on what the side has achieved over the last two games”, said Harold Matthews Cup Coach Graeme Wynn.
“We need to keep believing in ourselves and continue to improve in defence and keep our mistake rate to a minimum.”
Dragons SG Ball Coach Brad Liggins is of a similar mindset ahead of his team’s game.
“This will be a real test of character for the entire team,” said Liggins.
“The trip to Perth traditionally takes a lot out of our players, and we also copped a couple of injuries, so senior Dragons officials will be looking to assess the mental strength of many players currently considered for future Dragons contracts.
“We’ll be looking to add to our narrow 21-20 win over the Pirates with another victory this Saturday.”
The Dragons Harold Matthews Cup match is scheduled to commence at 12.00pm with the Dragons SG Ball game to follow at 1.30pm.
The Illawarra Steelers Harold Matthews Cup (U16) and SG Ball (U18) teams will travel again to face WSAS at St Marys Stadium.
“Our boys need to remain positive this week,” said Steelers Harold Matthews Cup Coach Adam Blake.
“As long as they remember their training, hold onto the football, and complete their sets, they'll pick themselves up from last week’s 0-30 loss to Penrith.”
Steelers SG Ball Coach Shane Millard believes his team’s clash with WSAS is an important test for his team to maintain their unbeaten record after last week’s 30-18 win over the Panthers.
"WSAS are tough opponents”, said Millard.
“They're the Panthers' second side so we'll need to work really hard for the win.
“I think if we have the same attitude and temperament as last week, we will continue to play to that high standard.”