Dragons coast to victory against spirited Dogs side

With the World Club Challenge looming, the Dragons have sent a clear message to ESL side Wigan, that they are a force to be reckoned with in next weeks clash.

The Dragons, who triumphed over Souths in the Charity Shield last week, backed up their strong performance in that match, with another tonight, as they overcame a spirited Bulldogs side 28-14.

Holding a 22-10 lead at half-time, coach Wayne Bennett thought it would be best to give his stars a breather, and so, he rested the likes of Mark Gasnier, Matt Cooper and Ben Hornby for the second half.

With the Bulldogs also deciding to rest some players for the second half, the game turned into a scrappy affair, after it showed so much promise in the first-half.

What was evident from the match however, is that the Dragons have once again, come to play, and are showing no effects of a premiership hangover.

With the 20-man squad named to head to England for the WCC, the only downside was the injury to Nick Emmett, who may not play in the match, after he had his arm wrapped in his sleeve, following a partial shoulder dislocation.

With the WCC weighing on their minds, Dragons star Mark Gasnier said that the game was used as a warm-up for the clash next week.

“We put a bit of emphasis on controlling the ball because I think that’s going to help us overseas,” Gasnier said.

“It’s hard to say (whether we’re ready to take on Wigan) … you’re going into a different climate, different conditions, but it definitely gives you match fitness.

“Whether we benefit from (the two trials) I guess we’ll wait and see.”

For Bulldogs coach, Kevin Moore, given that a lot of his star players were not in the match for the second half, or at all, he was relatively pleased with the overall performance.

“We’re still a bit rusty, we’ve got a lot of areas to work on, but we’ve still got seven or eight blokes to fit back into the squad and four of five of them are pretty key players,” Moore said.

“They’re probably a fair bit advanced with their preparation given they’ve got a pretty important game next week where our important game is three weeks away.”

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