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Dragons forwards plan another ambush

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Jack De Belin, Paul Vaughan and Russell Packer during Dragons training. Photo: Gregg Porteous

MICHAEL CARAYANNISThe Sunday Telegraph

ST GEORGE Illawarra forwards are planning another ambush after shocking premiership favourites Penrith last week.

The Dragons big men have vowed to take it to the Eels forward pack on Sunday after setting the platform for St George Illawarra’s shock 42-10 win against the Panthers.

New recruit Paul Vaughan led the way running for 178 metres — only bettered by fullback Josh Dugan’s 186.

Vaughan said his performance in the Charity Shield had him needing to prove a point.

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“I wasn’t happened with my game at the Charity Shield,” Vaughan said. “I felt I had to pull my finger out. I was proud of that.

“I wasn’t happy with my defence in the Charity Shield. It made me hungrier to play well in round one. if I can do it week in week out I would be pretty happy with it.”

Vaughan combined with the rest of the Dragons forward pack to monster the Panthers. They face another test when they take on an aggressive Parramatta pack led by Dragons premiership winner Beau Scott.

“The forward pack we have here is pretty good,” Vaughan said. “We need to build a platform as forwards and the backs can play off the back of that.”

Jack De Belin, Paul Vaughan and Russell Packer during Dragons training. Photo: Gregg Porteous

Jack De Belin, Paul Vaughan and Russell Packer during Dragons training. Photo: Gregg PorteousSource:News Corp Australia

Banished to NSW Cup last season, Vaughan’s career was at the crossroads. Faith shown in him by St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor led to the end of Vaughan’s four season stint at the Raiders.

“The way I was playing, I wasn’t playing good footy and needed to work on a couple of things,” Vaughan said of his stint in reserve grade. “It’s something that I had to do.

“My confidence wasn’t knocked around. It was hard leaving but it was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. Playing wise it was going to be better opportunity for me to train my backside off. I’ve put myself in a good position.

“Mary (McGregor) had a lot of confidence in me when I sat down and talked to him. That’s what I needed. I need to repay him now for the confidence he has put in me.”

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