Competition - NRL
Round - Round 04
Teams – Dragons v Panthers
Date – 27th of March 2016
Venue – WIN Stadium, Wollongong NSW
Photographer – Mark Nolan
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Frizell: The Team Is My Priority

St George Illawarra Dragons second-rower Tyson Frizell is keen to test himself against his opposite numbers at the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on Thursday.

The NSW Country Origin representative admits he is ready to face several members of the incumbent Queensland Marrons backrow including Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker and Matt Gillett who will all ply their trade with the Broncos.

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Frizell, who was named in an extended NSW Blues squad during last season’s State of Origin campaign, admits he would be keen to represent his state at some stage during his career but for the meantime is solely focused on his role with the Dragons.

The Red-and-Whites enter the encounter on the back of a 36-0 loss to the North Queensland Cowboys and will lace-up their boots again quicker than usual due to the five-day fixture scheduling.

“Having the short turnaround is a good thing for us as it will hopefully get that loss out of the system and make us move on straight away,” said Frizell.

“We aren’t dwelling on it too much and are focused on facing the Broncos .

“They are probably one of the form teams in the pack with a lot of representatives from the Queensland Origin team so it will be a good test.

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“Those kinds of players in Parker, Thaiday and Gillett are the type of guys you want to come up against as it will be a big test for me but our boys will manage.

“I’m worried about the team first and foremost and we struggled last game so helping to fix that is my first priority.

“My hand will always be up if the opportunity does come along to represent NSW but having said that  my focus is helping the team get back to where they should be.

“Our attack is a work in progress at the moment and we believe it will come along sooner rather than later.”