Temora far from panic stations

COMING BACK: Temora front rower Palu Tonga is expected to be fit for the clash with Cootamundra on Sunday after missing the loss to Tumut with a knee injury.
COMING BACK: Temora front rower Palu Tonga is expected to be fit for the clash with Cootamundra on Sunday after missing the loss to Tumut with a knee injury.

Temora has had a poor start to the season but captain-coach Grant Boyd is still a long way off pushing the panic button.

Despite being winless in two games this season, including failing to score a point against Tumut last time out, Boyd is still confident things will come together for the club.

“I’m not worried,” Boyd said. “I knew we would struggle that week with all the players we have out.”

That being said, the front rower is looking at a big improvement when the Dragons host Cootamundra on Sunday.

Boyd described the effort as “shocking” and believes the Dragons need to fire at the start this time around.

“There is a lot of things we need to improve on,” he said.

“Ball control and defence are the main things.

“In our trials we went really well so I know what we are capable of. It is just a matter of getting tho that.

“We have been starting every game terrible so hopefully we can work on our starts.”

It’s a game the club can’t afford to lose if they are going to be a finals contender and Boyd expects Palu Tonga, Chris Maher and Matt Hughes will be back for the clash at Nixon Park.

The trio were all injured in the opening round loss to Albury and the first year Dragons coach believes they will be a big boost.

“I think this week will be get a few back and I didn’t lose any last week, which is good,” Boyd said.

Boyd did suffer a shoulder injury in the 22-0 loss to the Blues, but will line up against his former club alongside other former Bulldogs Jordyn Ballard, Nathan McGowan, Maher, Tonga and Aka Matapo.

The Dragons will also add in another front rower with Joe Fidow signing on.

While won’t tackle the Bulldogs, with plans for his debut the following week against Young, Boyd expects he’ll add some more size to the pack and was recommended playing a man of the match performance in a representative clash in New Zealand.

Boyd is still looking to bolster the outside back ranks and is hoping for some signatures in the next few weeks.