It might not reach dossier-like proportions, but Dragons hooker Mitch Rein has admitted a desperate St George Illawarra will lean on a wealth of former Canberra talent in their squad to snap rugby league's most talked-about hoodoo.
Former Raiders Michael Weyman and Bronson Harrison, who joined the Red V in an off-season switch from the nation's capital, have been named in Steve Price's 18-man squad for the trip to Canberra Stadium on Sunday.
Daniel Vidot and the injured Bronx Goodwin are others to wear the lime green who have now found a home in Wollongong, thickening the behind enemy lines plot.
St George Illawarra have lost 13 of their past 14 matches against the Raiders and have failed to flee Canberra Stadium with two competition points since 2000.
Hard-nosed hooker Rein said some of the side had already drawn on the recent experience of Harrison and co. in an attempt to inject life into the season.
"I know they've been giving us a few tips on where their weaknesses and strengths are," Rein said. "That's an added bonus to us.
"That's something we may be able to exploit, someone who has actually played with them and can tell us their weaknesses.
"Obviously we have had a bit of a poor record down there. Personally, I'm comfortable playing in Canberra and I like the field and I don't mind travelling down there at all."
Squarely on the wrong end of the Raiders ledger, a winless Dragons will take any solace they can out of another dreaded trip to Canberra. This time it's the fact they're going there in only round three - and not in the middle of a bitterly cold winter.
"In saying that, it's getting pretty cold of the morning now so I'm expecting the field will be a bit slippery. There might even be a chance of snow," Rein joked.
"[But] I'm expecting it to be quite cold and quite wet. The field gets a bit slippery down there. We'll just have to bring our long studs and dig in."
Which is exactly what the Dragons players have done when quizzed about their much-maligned attack.
"We do want to be winning as many games as we can to put ourselves in a good position for the end of the year, but we're confident we've got the right structures in place," Rein said.
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