Dragons must put Storm behind them
THE brooding, almost sulking, Dragons need to get over last weekend's "sirengate" or they could find themselves victims of a desperate Warriors side stinging from their own hard-luck one-point loss to the Bulldogs.
Calls by boss Peter Doust for the NRL to give the club two points after the full-time siren fiasco which saw Melbourne "steal" a 28-24 win on Monday night fell on deaf ears. Coach Steve Price will not want the result playing on his players' minds.
The Warriors showed significant improvement the week after the departure of coach Matthew Elliott, losing a thriller 21-20 to a Trent Hodkinson field goal at Eden Park last weekend. But they will have to overcome yet another ground hoodoo at Wollongong's WIN Stadium, where they have not won in 10 previous attempts.
They will also be without two key strike players, Ben Matulino, who was destructive in his new back-row role last week, and another damaging ball runner, Konrad Hurrell, due to suspension.
The feature of this clash will undoubtedly be the battle of the fullbacks, English international Sam Tomkins up against Dragons custodian Josh Dugan, who is in scintillating form since returning from injury.
The energetic Tomkins (pictured) scored a try and made 146 metres with the ball in hand while Dugan reminded everyone what a talent he is with 19 runs for 223 metres. He also broke a stunning nine tackles.
All the stats point to the Dragons maintaining a winning streak at WIN Stadium over the Warriors, stretching back to 2000.