Star Dragons centre Brett Morris says he is confident St George Illawarra’s round one 44-24 NRL thumping of Wests Tigers is a sign of things to come for a revamped Dragons attack.
With new pivot Gareth Widdop leading the way the Dragons outscored the Tigers 38-4 in the final hour of the ANZ Stadium encounter on Sunday.
Widdop had a hand in four of the seven Dragons tries and kicked eight goals from eight attempts to give reason to believe his $2.2 million four-year move from Melbourne could be worth every cent.
The Dragons’ effort was their best attacking performance since supercoach Wayne Bennett took the reins of the joint venture in 2009.
It was the most points the Dragons have scored in a single match since they thumped Manly 48-18 in round 18 that year.
The Dragons have consistently struggled to score points in their previous two seasons under Steve Price but Morris is hopeful that is behind them.
“It was good to score some points, that was the most pleasing thing because in the past we haven’t done that,” Morris told AAP.
“We have a fair bit to work on but the combinations we worked on during the pre-season are starting to fire and the new boys are playing their role.
“It’s a building block, there is a lot to work with.
“We had some poor discipline early but worked our way back into it in the back end of the first half.
“Once we sorted out our D we got a fair share of the ball and managed to put some points on.
“We got the points on the board, that is the most pleasing thing.”
Morris said Widdop could continue to spark the Dragons’ attack throughout the season.
“He is a quality player, the reason we signed him was because we were struggling in the halves,” he said.
“He has that ability to create something from nothing and as a half that is what you need.
“He is very vocal out on the field and gets the big boys in their positions and gets the ball to where it needs to go, he is very calm under pressure which is great for us.”
Widdop’s halves partner Michael Witt is in doubt for the Dragons’ round two fixture against the Warriors in Auckland due to a shoulder injury.
As is prop Jack de Bellin who suffered a leg injury in the Dragons’ big win.
By James MacSmith, AAP