The St George Illawarra Dragons Junior Representative teams will both be on the road as their respective Junior Representative seasons continue on Saturday.
The St George Dragons Harold Matthews Cup (U16) and SG Ball (U18) team will travel to face the Parramatta Eels at New Era Stadium, Cabramatta.
The Dragons Harold Matthews Cup team will look to extend their undefeated run to five matches, but will face an opponent who remain undefeated this season.
Coach Graeme Wynn will be looking for more of the same gritty defence his team showed in last week’s 22-20 win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
“This week we play Parramatta, who I believe is the team to beat in 2016,” said Wynn.
“We need to continue improving our ball control and our defence, and keep believing in ourselves.
“I was very proud of how we defended the last ten minutes against Souths – we’ll need to do this for the full sixty minutes against the Eels.”
The Dragons SG Ball side will look to get back in the winner’s circle against their hosts after defensive errors cost them dearly against the Rabbitohs last round.
"Our defence has been a problem for the whole season, so we are going to be looking closely at that this week at training,” said Coach Brad Liggins.
“Our execution in attack was also average last week – we’ll need to improve if we are to challenge in this game.”
The Illawarra Steekers Harold Matthews Cup (U16) and SG Ball (U18) team will travel to face the Western Suburbs Magpies at .at Kirkham Park, Camden. Coach
Steelers Harold Matthews Coach Adam Blake stressed to his young team the importance of building on their dominant 46-8 win over SWSAS team’s last round.
“Last weekend was much better and if we keep staying positive and can compete like we did against SWSAS I think we’ll have a good chance on Saturday,” said Blake.
The Steelers SG Ball Cup team will look to keep their undefeated record intact, having won all six matches in 2016.
“We’ll need a huge improvement on Saturday if we’re to beat Wests,” said Coach Shane Millard.
“Our ball handling and general discipline were not what they should have been last week, and we’ll be trying to get back to playing the footy this side is truly capable of this Saturday.”
Both Harold Matthews Cup matches commence at 10.00am at their respective venues with both SG Ball Cup games kicking off at 11.30am.