Widdop: Our Attack Is Coming Along
St George Illawarra Dragons co-captain Gareth Widdop believes the team are fit and ready against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park on Monday.
The Red-and-Whites are in the midst of the preparation ahead of blockbuster home game and have been put through their paces since returning from several days rest due to the allocated Bye Round.
The Dragons underwent a beep-test to monitor the team's cardiovascular fitness midweek which saw hooker Mitch Rein out-pace a squad of players including injured prop Jack de Belin (shoulder) and stand-in fullback Jason Nightingale, filling-in as custodian for the injured Josh Dugan (elbow ) who watched on from the sidelines.
"We have had a few tough sessions so far following on from a few days off which included a beep-test taken out by Mitch," said Widdop.
"Jack was also involved which was good to see and I think they're just assessing him throughout the week at the moment to see how he is coming along.
"Jason did a great job slotting is as fullback against the North Queensland Cowboys last round and it's great to have some experience back there.
"There is no doubt he'll do another good job this round against the Bulldogs working alongside Kurt Mann and Kalifa Faifai Loa.
"It's the second half of the season now and it's a really important part of the season for us as it helps to find form coming into finals so we need to make sure we're doing everything right and putting in some good performances.
"I think our attack is improving week in week out and hopefully that will show again on the field against the Bulldogs."