Dragons? lethal attacking weapon ready for Tigers
St George Illawarra centre Mark Gasnier doesn't believe he has the Wests Tigers spooked ahead of this weekend's NRL preliminary final despite his amazing try-scoring feats against the jointventure club.
Gasnier has amassed an astonishing 12 tries in his last six matches against the Tigers, and along with fellow NSW centre Matt Cooper, who has scored four tries over the same period, will be sure to give the Tigers plenty of headaches come tonight.
Only once in that period has neither managed to cross for a four-pointer, in their last clash at Oki Jubilee Stadium back in June, and it was no surprise to see the Tigers triumph 32-24. But despite his good run Gasnier said he didn't have any hold over the Tigers, and claimed his good results were a case of being in the right place at the right time.
"I wouldn't read too much into it, I think it's more we're on the end of some movements from the other guys inside us,'' Gasnier said.
"We've probably been fortunate that the other guys have been doing so well, our forwards have been playing really well, our halves have been playing well and we're just on the end of their good work.
"We're reaping the rewards of their hard work.''
Dragons coach Nathan Brown wasn't as convinced that the tries were due to good luck, and said he would again focus much of his attack through his representative threequarters. "They've had success against the Tigers definitely and likewise the Tigers have had some success against us in the past too,'' Brown said. "We've put a lot of time into our defensive work and we're concentrating a fair bit of our attack based around getting them some early ball to get them one on one, but that's not the only thing that we see as a strength for us.''
Both Gasnier and Brown agreed the Tigers' defensive line wouldn't be as easy to breach as has been the case in the past.