The Emerald Dragons are among the hottest players in the NRL, as the club is on course for a maiden Grand Final berth.
They are the third highest scorers in the competition behind Queensland’s Jack Bird and NSW’s Mitchell Pearce.
The club is also on track to clinch a maiden grand final win in 2017.
But while the Emeralds are well on the way to making their mark, they are still in a tight spot in their quest to secure the coveted NRL crown.
“There’s a bit of a race between us and the Roosters,” Roostering coach John Longmire told foxsports.com.au.
Rovers coach Paul McGregor believes the Dragons should be in a position to secure their maiden grand finals berth after winning the last two Grand Finals.
But the Rooster’s reign as NRL champions has been punctuated by a series of difficult defeats and the recent departures of star players such as David Klemmer, Matt Prior and Aaron Woods.
While the Dragons are well positioned to be crowned NRL champions this season, McGregor says he has concerns about the future of his side.
McGregor believes the Roasters have a strong young core of young players, but the Dragons have struggled with injuries and a lack of competition.
Injury concerns have seen the Dragons drop to third in the premiership table after the loss of their star player.
The Roosterers, however, are on a strong run with just one loss to date and McGregor says the Dragons need to step up their game if they are to secure a spot in the Grand Final.
“[The Dragons] are a strong team, but it’s not a team we’ve been winning on the back of.
We’ve just got to get better in every aspect,” McGregor said.
The Roosteers are also on a high of sorts after their dramatic win over the Cowboys in round five.
They have now won three of their last four games and are on track for a second straight grand final.
However, the Roos have dropped two points to the Roollers in the last five rounds.
After a successful run of form, the Dragons lost to the Knights in round nine, but they managed to beat the Dragons in round eight and win a grand final against the Broncos.
With the Roolls having struggled this season and losing four of their five games, McGregor said it is clear the Dragons cannot afford to be complacent heading into the Grand Finals.
“We’re a good team, we’re strong, we have a young team, and we need to show a lot of character and be confident,” McGregor told foxsportsworld.com, of the Dragons.
“We’re on a good run, we need some more confidence from the players to come out and give it everything.
You need a lot more to win the grand final and that’s what we’re trying to show at the moment.”
McGuire is hoping to bring in a young core to help him bring the Dragons back to the grand finals.
His comments come after a disappointing campaign, which saw the Dragons lose seven of their final 10 matches.
And while McGregor says his side have the players and the coach to succeed in the future, the coach feels the club must take their foot off the gas.
They are now on the road to the Grand National final and McGregor feels his team must prove themselves in 2017 if they hope to secure an NRL title.
If they do that, he said he would be very happy with the results.
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