Sport

Emmett likes how Dragons are going

Nick Emmett
Nick Emmett Getty Sport Images - Cameron Spencer

NO Wayne Bennett, no Mark Gasnier and no hope of winning the premiership - the St George Illawarra Dragons are enjoying silencing those who dared to write them off.

Eight rounds into the season, the Dragons are fourth on the ladder, and second-rower Nick Emmett said those who wear the famous Red V will get better with each game.

The 29-year-old has not played yet this year after injuring his back a couple of weeks before the round one clash against Newcastle.

He injured it again trying to prove his fitness for that game.

The time on the sidelines has given Emmett, who was born in Grafton, but grew up in Hervey Bay, the chance to have a good look at his teammates, and he likes what he sees.

"The combinations are starting to gel - it was always going to take time," Emmett, who has played 17 times for the Dragons since joining them from the Broncos in 2009, said after training yesterday.

"The same applies with having a new coach, but Steve (coach Steve Price) has settled into the role well. We're going good and I'm confident we'll improve each week."

One of the plans Price has put into play in recent weeks was moving Brett Morris to fullback, Emmett saying it had worked a treat.

"It was only supposed to be a temporary thing because of injuries, but Brett has been outstanding - he's killed it to be honest," Emmett said.

"The move has also given us another attacking weapon and I think Brett must now be in serious contention to be the New South Wales fullback in Origin I."

Talking of Origin, Emmett said that was when he was hoping to be back in contention.

"We are bound to have a few boys away on duty so I want to be able to play," Emmett, who signed a new one-year deal last year, said.

"I've only been able to do some rehab work and no running for two months but hopefully I'll be able to start doing that (running) soon.

"Well, I hope I can because we've got the Dragons calendar shoot coming up soon and I've got a bit flabby around the middle," he laughed.

On a serious note, Emmett said his teammates knew they had a tough assignment to tackle in Townsville on Friday night - the Cowboys.

"They (the Cowboys) are a team where you just don't know what you are going to get," he said.
"One week they are brilliant, the next they are terrible.

"We just need to be on our guard and keep playing right to the death, like we did against the Roosters on Anzac Day."

Topics:  nrl st george illawarra dragons



Where to find the best coffee

COFFEE snobbery is at an all-time high in Australia with the hipster movement carving a whole new breed of caffeine-loving consumers.

10 best street art spots to take an Insta selfie

Send yourself on a scavenger hunt around Brisbane to discover the incredible street art.

GET your phone and selfie-stick ready!

Where you need to be for the best live music

Don't miss these venues next time you're in Brisbane!

This city has a whole lot of places you need to check out.

Theatre royalty graces Brisbane stage

Don't miss Charles Edwards in this incredible theatre performance.

WHEN acting royalty comes to town, you sit up and take notice.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Plea to find driver who evaded police at 180kmh

WANTED: Police are searching for the driver of a car, similar to this one pictured, who evaded police.

Fears speedster putting others in danger

LNP Shadow Cabinet is coming to Bundaberg to talk to you

Queensland LNP's new leader Tim Nicholls and his deputy Deb Frecklington at Queensland Parliament, Brisbane, Friday, May 6, 2016. Nicholls has won a leadership spill against Lawrence Springborg. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt) NO ARCHIVING

Voice what's important to you at a community forum

Chance to have your photo displayed across Australia

WEATHER PICS: Have you taken a good one?

Winners could have their image displayed in homes across Australia

Local Partners

Holly Valance caught up in $213m lawsuit

FORMER Neighbours star Holly Valance has been named in a lawsuit involving sordid claims against her billionaire husband and his brother.

Lifesaver for a day: One-of-a-kind Coast tour

The Mooloolaba Surf Club is launching a new tour of the club and beach that educates visitors about life a as surf lifesaver. Getaway is filming a segment about the tour with presenter Charli Robinson.

Behind-the-scenes tour of surf club attracts television appearance

Bundaberg: No one does life like us

It's the spirit of Bundaberg and it's about to go global in a $20m campaign. With celebrities coming to the rum city to shoot new commercial.

The Rum City hits screens around Australia tonight

BOOKS: Superstition a central theme in new outback thriller

Author Cassandra Austin.

Cassandra Austin is celebrating the release of her second novel

Where you need to be for the best live music

Don't miss these venues next time you're in Brisbane!

This city has a whole lot of places you need to check out.

MKR recap: The secret ingredients to longevity and success

It’s chilli con carnage on MKR.

‘Turn up the heat’ means chillies. Lots of chillies.

MOVIE REVIEW: Logan doesn't pull any punches

THE WOLVERINE: Hugh Jackman in a scene from the movie Logan.

Gritty, real performances worth the gore in new X-Men movie.

Iconic North Coast post office up for sale

HISTORY: Nicole Swain is selling the historic Bangalow Post Office building this month.

Post office comes complete with the historic Lest We Forget clock

Opponents question Sekisui's 68% support claim

VIEW: An artist's impression of Sekisui House's proposal looking towards Mount Coolum.

Developer says it has 68% support, claims which raised some eyebrows

Old fireman's hall to make way for Maccas carpark

Workers remove the roof from the old firemans hall in Limestone Street in preparation for its demolition to extend the McDonald's carpark.

Demolition workers move in on Limestone St property

Major Burrum Heads development to go to vote

Site development plans for the proposed lot conversion at Burrum Heads, near Beach Dr.

Councillors will vote on the lot conversions.

Casino boss loses $4m on waterfront Sunshine Coast home

The owner of this stunning Noosa home accepted much less than he had initially wanted for the home.

When illness struck owner forced to try and cash out of property

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!