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Dragons switch to a simple life in NRL

By Steve Jancetic 29/06/2009 06:55:47 PM Comments (0)

New coach Wayne Bennett may be getting all the kudos for St George Illawarra's stunning NRL revival, but backrower Ben Creagh believes the players too deserve some credit for finally growing up.

"I think we've finally figured out that we can make the game a lot easier," Creagh told AAP.

"We don't do anything special or anything fancy - complete our sets, get to our kicks and defend well.

"All of us have got a bit more experience now and finally figured out that that's the way you've got to play these days.

"We're learning a lot of new things off (Bennett) ... he's very much uncomplicated things - it's not a complicated game rugby league."

Of course Bennett has been the catalyst for the turnaround, which has given Dragons fans hope of a first premiership for the joint-venture outfit after years of underachievement.

But the individual development of players can't be underestimated, with the likes of Creagh, five-eighth Jamie Soward and NSW props Michael Weyman and Justin Poore all taking their game to another level.

Friday night's 21-10 win over Wests Tigers consolidated the Dragons' grip on top spot, the red and whites level on 22 competition points with the Bulldogs and Gold Coast.

That trio now has a three-point break on fourth-placed Melbourne, and with a bye still up their sleeve plus five of their last nine games at home, a top four spot now appears the Dragons' for the taking.

Creagh however said the side was still focussed on making sure it was a part of finals before contemplating grander plans.

"We haven't even spoken about the finals yet ... sooner or later we will, but it's only round 16 gone so there's still a fair way to go," Creagh said.

"Hopefully we can just keep on winning games ... and hopefully when we get there (to the finals) we're still playing the way we are now, putting pressure on sides."

Poore was cleared of any damage to his knee, but Weyman remains a concern with the results of scans on his right ankle not due until Tuesday morning.

Weyman limped off after 18 minutes against the Tigers when he aggravated an injury picked up in last Wednesday night's Origin II loss to Queensland.

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