The St George Illawarra Dragons Junior Representative teams enter the penultimate round of their respective Junior Representative seasons on Saturday.
The St George Dragons Harold Matthews Cup (U16) and SG Ball (U18) teams travel to face the Newcastle Knights at Cessnock Showgrounds.
Both teams will be looking to correct losses to the Parramatta Eels inflicted upon them last round but face a hard battle against two teams entrenched in the top half of their respective competitions.
"We’ll have to be at our best this week to beat the Knights,” said Dragons Harold Matthews Cup Coach Graeme Wynn.
“The Knights are one of the front runners of the competition and we’ll need to compete in every tackle for us to come away with the win.”
Similarly the Dragons SG Ball Cup squad will be looking for an improved showing against the high-flying Knights.
We will be looking to compete throughout the game and defend better through the middle third,” said Dragons SG Ball Coach Brad Liggins.
“With only two games to go we’ll be playing for pride and to see who wants to take the next steps through the Dragons development pathway.”
The Dragons Harold Matthews Cup kicks off proceedings at 12.00pm, with SG Ball fixture scheduled for 1.30pm.
The Illawarra Steelers Harold Matthews Cup (U16) and SG Ball (U18) will host the Parramatta Eels at WIN Stadium, Wollongong.
The Steelers Harold Matthews Cup team are looking to make amends for last week's heavy defeat to the Western Suburbs Magpies.
“This week we need to focus on combining our skills and training together,” said Coach Adam Blake.
“We have the potential to play some quality football, and we’ll need to on Saturday if we’re to defeat competition leaders Parramatta.”
The table-topping Steelers SG Ball team are hoping to show another dominant performance in what will be difficult opposition.
“This match will be a really good indicator of where we’re at two weeks out from the Finals.
“Our unbeaten record to date will simply be an added challenge for the Eels.
“We need to concentrate on our own game, the rest will take care of itself.”
The Steelers Harold Matthews Cup match kicks off at 12.00pm and is followed by the SG Ball clash at 1.30pm.