Young guns make step up

Dragons young-gun Hame Sale taking on the Tigers. Picture: Adam McLean
Dragons young-gun Hame Sale taking on the Tigers. Picture: Adam McLean

THERE were some big-names missing but the Dragons young brigade made good use of their chance to impress against the Tigers on Sunday.

Hame Sale, Blake Lawrie and Jacob Host all showed they can mix with NRL company in what was a torrid affair up front against an experienced Tigers pack.

With new recruit Cameron McInnes nursing a nasty head cut first suffered at the Auckland Nines last week Siliva Havili used his chance to remind Paul McGregor of his abilities at dummy-half, making his presence felt in defence and laying on Tariq Sims’ second-half four-pointer. It left Sims singing the praises of the club’s younger brigade post-match 

“I was really impressed with young Blocker [Blake Lawrie] in the middle and Siliva [Havili] along with some of the other young blokes,” Sims said.

“They came out of the line and made their mark and swung the momentum of the game a couple of times and that’s a great trait for young blokes to show.”