The St George Illawarra Dragons have continued their strong start to 2010 with a gutsy win over the Gold Coast Titans 19-6 at Skilled Stadium Robina.
Everyone knows how hard the Titans are to beat at home and even without Scott Prince on deck, they boast more than enough fire power to trouble most sides.
But the Dragons had problems of their own, a crisis of sorts in the forwards – with several of their key men missing the likes of Weyman, Smith and Prior.
But as he so often does, coach Wayne Bennett has managed to breed confidence in a young batch of forwards – with Hunt, Thorby and new boy Green all having solid games and laying a platform for the more experienced Saints to do their thing.
While the makeshift halves pairing of Preston Campbell and Greg Bird were struggling to get any cohesion, most expected the virtual representative Titans forward pack to steam roll their opponents. But the young Dragons held out the likes of Bailey, Laffranchi and Harrison to record a strong away win.
What would please Dragons supporters the most was their defence.
They didn’t have their line pierced until 2 minutes to go in the game, a feat rarely achieved in the modern game.
Jamie Soward continued his confident run, directing traffic well and allowing his side to maintain control for the most part.
Given the new depth the Dragons are developing, they are looking more and more like the side that can take it to Melbourne in 2010 – they are displaying all the hallmarks of a Premiership winning side, fans will be hoping they can continue their good run and not peak too early this year.