Brenton Lawrence has praised the leadership qualities of new captain Daly Cherry-Evans.
The respected prop is in his fifth season playing alongside Cherry-Evans and says he is not surprised by the qualities shown by the outstanding half-back.
“He has always been a mature head and had already won a grand final by the time I came here,’’ Lawrence said.
“The maturity and experience he has always had, but I am seeing Daly grow as a Leader.
“We have lost a lot of our senior players from previous years and he has taken that role upon himself. He is doing a good job.
“He speaks when he needs to speak and makes sure it is effective.”
Lawrence also praised new five-eighth Blake Green who plays his 100th NRL game against former club the Melbourne Storm at Lottoland on Easter Saturday.
“Greenie has been great in bringing that professionalism that comes with the Storm,’’ Lawrence said.
“He has been great for Daly and for all of us. He is really someone who everyone listens to and follows.”
Lawrence said the team had addressed the issues that led to their downfall in the heavy loss to St George-Illawarra at Lottoland last Saturday.
“Anything can be fixed if you are aware of your mistakes. We were not up to standard and we paid the price heavily,’’ Lawrence added.
“Sometimes you can be off for a little bit and then the game tends to swing. The enthusiasm and the momentum that the Dragons have got at the moment, they were never going to ease up and allow us to turn it over. They put the foot on the throat from the first minute and we were out of the game.”