WIN AN EVENING WITH JONATHAN THURSTON

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - JOHNATHAN THURSTON

TAR­GET the Burgess boys – that’s what the Dragons need to do tonight to keep their pre­mier­ship dream alive.

I think South Syd­ney will prove too strong for Paul McGre­gor’s men, but the Dragons will give them­selves a fight­ing chance if they can up­set Tom, Ge­orge and Sam.

The Burgess boys are prone to mis­takes. They can all come up with an er­ror. We saw it last week when Sam made a cou­ple of costly mis­takes against the Storm.

To force mis­takes from the Burgess boys you need to tar­get them with strong con­tact. You need to go in hard and at the ball. Some­times you can force it free.

You also need to wres­tle af­ter con­tact. All three brothers fight hard while at­tempt­ing to play the ball and there is al­ways a chance to force the ball out as they try to play it quickly.

So the key for the Dragons will be heavy con­tact fol­lowed by some wres­tle.

Sam can also be baited. While Tom and Ge­orge are quiet – they rarely say a word on the field – Sam is all ag­gres­sion and fire. Big Sammy will come af­ter you if you stir him up.

Sam’s ag­gres­sion can be a huge as­set for the Rab­bitohs. There are few bet­ter sights in the NRL – the big fella charg­ing and bash­ing bod­ies – but his ag­gres­sion can also lead to mis­takes.

How­ever, I think the Rab­bitohs will prove too strong.

South Syd­ney has strike power right across the park. The Burgess boys in the mid­dle. An­gus Creighton and John Sut­ton on the edges. Greg Inglis and Dane Ga­gai out wide.

I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing how my mate GI goes. GI is a biggame player and will be go­ing up against Zac Lo­max in an in­trigu­ing clash on the right edge.

From what I can see 18-year-old Lo­max has a big fu­ture and he can make a name for him­self tonight.

But I am ex­pect­ing to see GI at his best. I love see­ing GI when he is in the mood. He ab­so­lutely rat­tles blokes with his shoul­ders when he flies out of the line and leaves them on the ground with his palm in at­tack.

Un­for­tu­nately for the Dragons I think it might be one of those nights.

JT’s TIP: The Rab­bitohs

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