Dragons’ attack almost there: Benji

Defence has been the cornerstone of St George Illawarra’s early season NRL revival, now the focus has turned to their spluttering attack.

Over the first two rounds, the Dragons earned the dubious honour of starting the season with just eight points and recording the worst offensive effort since Canterbury managed a solitary penalty goal over the opening two games in 2000.

Since then the Dragons have found their ground, primarily with their defence, in three straight wins over Canberra, Manly and Newcastle to kick-start their premiership campaign after two successive losses.

Their attack however continues to stall.

Despite their eighth place on the NRL ladder, the Dragons have scored easily the least points of any team.

But playmaker Benji Marshall believes that is only a game away from clicking into gear.

“We have done a lot of video work on it and it is one pass off being good,” Marshall said.

“If it was the other way around and our defence needed work that is where you have problems

“But I don’t think it will take long for us to fix it up.

“I definitely feel we are a lot more comfortable than where we were at, at the end of last year.

“Just the polish to the end of our sets is what has been letting us down a little bit so we need to just keep working on that.”

Fullback Josh Dugan added: “We are only a pass or two off scoring a few more tries each week and that is slowly getting better

“We are creating those opportunities and we are not far off.

“The first two games were ‘iffy’ but we have found a different attitude in defence, now we just have to keep working more on our attack.”

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