Dragons' back three brace for bomb disposal work


One of the Dragons' back three Josh Dugan.

One of the Dragons' back three Josh Dugan.

He's earned plenty of time on highlight reels with his gravity-defying feats this year, but Dragons winger Brett Morris expects to be on the other side of an aerial bombardment against the Melbourne Storm on Monday night.

Storm halfback Cooper Cronk laid on two tries with pinpoint kicks to the wing of Sisa Waqa last week and promises to give the Dragons superstar back three of Morris, Josh Dugan and Jason Nightingale a torrid time at AAMI Park.

Morris, who will directly oppose Waqa, is prepared for the Storm to employ similar tactics to those that worked against the Titans.

"The halves these days ... their kicking games are pinpoint and I know Cooper does a fair bit of practice on his kicking game," Morris said.

"He's one of those guys that can land it wherever he wants.

"We saw the two tries they scored last weekend, so it's something that might be in the back of their minds and something I'll have to be wary of when I'm out there."

The Storm also boast the formidable left foot of Cameron Smith in their kicking arsenal and Morris said the Dragons' back three would need to be "on their toes" to nullify the Storm's kick-chase game.

"They've got a great kicking game. It's something they pride themselves on, a good kicking game and then they try to get down there and bash you up.

"It's something we've really got to work on as a back three ... trying to get the ball on the full and bring it back as far as we can."

The Storm's early season form has mirrored that of the Dragons with three straight wins to start the competition followed by consecutive defeats, including a loss on home soil to the Titans last week.

Morris expects to feel the brunt of a Storm backlash this week.

"We're expecting a pretty fired up Melbourne when we get down there on Monday night," Morris said.

"They'll be looking to get their season back on track as we are.

"Playing down there at their home ground ... they always grow an extra leg and they're always hard to beat."

Like the bulk of the Dragons side, Morris is still chasing his first win in Melbourne, where St George-Illawarra have not won a game since 1999.

Marquee man Gareth Widdop has tasted plenty of success at AAMI Park - albeit in Storm colours - and Morris is expecting the Dragons to benefit from his experience.

"Gareth's had a lot of success down there at Melbourne and it's going to help when we're up against those guys. He's going to have some inside info on them," Morris said.


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