Competition - NRL Premiership

Round - Round 03

Teams - St George Illawarra Dragons V South Sydney Rabbitohs

Date - 20th of March 2016

Venue - Sydney Cricket Ground, Moore Park, Sydney NSW

Photographer - Robb Cox

De Belin: Morale Has Lifted

St George Illawarra Dragons lock Jack de Belin admits morale has lifted ahead of the fixture against the Penrith Panthers at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Sunday.

The Dragons notched their first victory of the season with a hard fought 8-6 win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs in sodden conditions last round which was the least they deserved according to the Cootamundra Bulldogs junior.

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Dragons halfback Benji Marshall was a late omission for that fixture with utility Josh McCrone deputising as the pivot partner to co-captain Gareth Widdop.

The Temore Dragons junior has again been named in the halves for the upcoming Easter Sunday clash and de Belin is keen to play alongside his new teammate once again.

"It’s going to be a big occasion playing our first home game in Wollongong for the season and hopefully a big crowd comes down to watch us put one over some of our former teammates," said de Belin.

"Josh McCrone was a late addition and played his role in the win.

"He has been around the game a long time and provides a level head and is very composed.

"He offers a different style to what Benji Marshall does but everyone brings to the table different traits and Josh did a very good job for us.

"Morale has definitely lifted around camp as a result of getting a good win like that against the Rabbitohs.

"It was an amazing win considering the conditions and the opposition we were playing against and hopefully it’s the start of some exciting times.

"We knew based off the conditions leading into the game that we had to keep things simple and just try to roll through the middle of them while completing our sets.

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"We might not have scored as many points as we would have liked but we hung on for the win.

"The goal now is to build-off that against the Panthers on Easter Sunday and hopefully start creating some momentum."