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Dragons look to fix glaring error as they prepare to face Warriors

Sydney Morning Herald logo Sydney Morning Herald 14/09/2018 Phil Lutton
Heather Ballinger (right) tackles the Dragons' Teina Clark during their NRL Women's Premiership match. © AAP Heather Ballinger (right) tackles the Dragons' Teina Clark during their NRL Women's Premiership match.

The good news for Dragons fans is that WNRL skipper Sam Bremner found just one error in the video review of their heavy defeat to the Broncos.

The bad news is it happened over and over again, a trait that desperately needs to be fixed ahead of their clash with the Warriors at ANZ Stadium on Saturday.

It was a difficult debut for St George-Illawarra, who lost 30-4 against a star-studded Broncos side that had too much firepower for the Red V.

Bremner was brave in a beaten side and scored their only try. She took a close look at the video review and said Brisbane were able to exploit inside defenders time and again, something that must be tightened against the Kiwis, who upset the Roosters to start the campaign.

"We just let our guard down a little bit in really crucial moments. It was the same mistake we made all game, not covering in defence and not pushing up. I take a lot of confidence out of knowing that if we fix that one thing, our game can turn around," Bremner said.

"We didn't get the win but we were all on Cloud Nine from the whole experience. It's going to be the start of something very special."

The Dragons lost playmaker Raecene McGregor (shoulder) to injury before kick-off but the Kiwi Ferns star was confident of being fit to take on many of her national team-mates, who will be suiting up for the Warriors.

"Most of them are in my Kiwi Ferns team so I've been watching them. I'm definitely ready to go out there and kick their arses," she joked.

"It was a sureal feeling (at Suncorp Stadium) but it was very disappointing to go off with an injury. It's just my AC joint but it's going along nicely."

Coach Daniel Lacey said Brisbane had far too much class and chemistry and his team must re-focus and be prepared to grind out a win against a physical, tough Warriors outfit.

"It was a really spirited performance from the Warriors. They had every reason to throw the towel in. To go out there and put in that performance agains the competition favourites, it was really good.

"I thought they were out on the ropes a few times and they kept coming back. We're in for a 60-minute battle."

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