Dragons want revenge for shield loss
St George Illawarra are looking to defy a quick turnaround and earn revenge when they take on South Sydney at Jubilee Oval on Thursday.
The Dragons, who lost the Charity Shield to the Rabbitohs less than three weeks ago, have only five days to prepare for the round two clash after losing to the Cowboys.
Hopefully with a short turn around we go out there and have a good team performance.Blake Lawrie
Enforcer Blake Lawrie says the club, who led at half-time against the Rabbitohs, are aiming to improve on their performance in Townsville at the weekend.
"In the Charity Shield we didn't perform to our standard and we're looking to go up to Kogarah and get revenge on Thursday night," he added.
"We know the stuff we need to work on, we've done the video. Hopefully with a short turn around we go out there and have a good team performance."
The Dragons will be without international forward Tyson Frizell when they face South Sydney.
Frizell is out for an extended period after suffering a testicular injury against the Cowboys, with Josh Kerr in the frame to make his NRL bow.
Back-up halfback Darren Nicholls will be sidelined for around six weeks after suffering a fractured scapula at the weekend in the Canterbury Cup NSW.
Prop James Graham has called for patience over the team's new-look spine this year.
Coach Paul McGregor's decision to move Gareth Widdop to fullback and have Matt Dufty on the bench has generated mixed opinions among fans and sections of the media.
Graham said: "The spine is everything in teams, they pull all the strings, but I wouldn't judge a part of one game and put a line through it. I'm very optimistic on how this team and this spine in particular can go and where I believe they can take us."
St George Illawarra are 250/1 to win the grand final.
The Dragons are 6/4 to win their next game against South Sydney, who are 14/25.
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