Competition - NYC Premiership

Round - Round 02

Teams – Cronulla Sharks v St George Illawarra Dragons

Date – 13th or March 2016

Venue – Sharp Park, Cronulla Sydney NSW

Photographer – Grant Trouville

Description –

St George Illawarra Dragons National Youth Competition team prop Blake Lawrie admits that the team remain grounded as they prepare for the final fixtures of the season.

The Young Dragons are presently perched fourth on the competition table and enter the second designated Bye Round having not been beaten in nine consecutive fixtures (eight wins and one draw).

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Local Dapto Canaries junior Blake Lawrie, who returned to the starting forward-pack having overcome a recent hand injury, believes that the team are not taking their recent form for granted but has backed his teammates to continue their streak.

“Head Coach Mat Head sat us all down roughly five weeks ago and really made us focus on this bloc of fixtures between the two Bye Rounds and gave us the challenge of getting through it undefeated,” said Lawrie.

“We did just that and he has rewarded the squad by giving us six days off and we all couldn’t be happier.

“We put the recent streak of form down to our hard work in training as we do a lot of extras and the little things which includes the no talent required aspects of the game as Head puts it.

“Our goal line defence these last two rounds have been outstanding and we have been travelling and work for each other really well.

“We have headed into the break feeling confident in our ability but we know not to get ahead of ourselves as any team can do one over the other come kick-off.”

“I feel that I’m finally starting to find my feet as I was not happy with my own performance in the first two games.

“I thought my outings against the Newcastle Knights and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles were better and I will be building off that.