during the NRL Charity Shield match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St. George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium on February 13, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Digital Image by Mark Nolan.

Mata'utia: We Are Up For The Challenge

St George Illawarra Dragons winger Peter Mata’utia is ready to directly challenge the South Sydney Rabbitohs at the SCG on Sunday.

The Toa Samoa international believes the upcoming opposition, who are presently top of the competition table, are yet to be challenged and he believes he and his teammates will rectify that.

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The Dragons enter the encounter having lost their opening two fixtures but Mata’utia reveals there is still an air of positivity amongst the playing group.

“Confidence remains high in camp as we all know what kind of team we are and what we are capable of,” said Mata’utia.

“The vibe is still positive and we are all looking forward to testing ourselves against a team that has won their first two games of the season.

“We are celebrating the teams 11 Premierships that the won in a row and while the Rabbitohs are in hot form I don’t think they’ve been really challenged yet.

“We look forward to challenging them.”

Fellow Dragons winger Jason Nightingale will take to the field for his 200th first-grade game with the Club this round and Mata’utia hopes to mark the occasion with a win.

“For any player to play 200 games for his club is special so it’ll be a big game for Gypsy and all us young blokes that look up to him and we’ll be playing to make it a positive one.

“I’m happy to play wherever I’m needed in the team but Duges is looking good so far and hopefully he’ll be playing.”

Game Day Activations

The fixture will be recognising and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Premiership - the last in the world record run of 11 Premierships between 1956-1966.

The Dragons will have a “History Walk” activation with different pieces of memorabilia celebrating the historic 11 Premiership wins at the Victor Trumper Concourse (Level 1).

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Jersey Information & Auction

The Dragons will also commemorate the occasion by wearing a special Heritage Jersey recognising the 11-straight Premierships and 85 players involved.

The Dragons player-worn Heritage Jerseys will be available for auction via the official website between Thursday, March 17-Thursday, March 24.