St George Illawarra Dragons Assistant Head Coach Dean Young admits the team is working hard to overturn recent form ahead of facing the Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Super Stadium, Robina on Saturday.
The Red-and-Whites enter the encounter north of the state line on the back of two losses against the North Queensland Cowboys (Round 5) and Brisbane Broncos (Round 6) which saw the defence concede 62-answered points.
Young believes that recent events have not met the defensive standards in place within the ranks and that it is only applying further pressure on the team’s attacking players.
“It’d been a tough couple of weeks for the boys and for the whole Club I think,” said Young.
“It would have been nice to go to Queensland and get one of the wins but it didn’t eventuate that way and we’ve since returned to the field and working hard.
“We aren’t making any excuses except knowing we’re back to work and working on things that we need to get better at and looking forward to playing the Titans.
“Our defence t is certainly not the standard that the boys have set in the previous year and we’ve spoken about that.
“It is far too many points to be giving away in this kind of competition and it puts way too much pressure on the attack.
“We like to keep sides to a lot less points than that and we’ll be trying to turn that around this weekend.
“We’re a better side than we have shown or what the score reflects.
“I thought we made some positive steps against Brisbane but leaked some tries late in the game which is disappointing.
“There’s no quick fix recipe except everyone working hard for themselves and also working collectively as a team towards a common goal.
“This Club is built on hard work and defence and we need to get back to that.”