DRAGONS enforcer Tariq Sims has revealed how a summer of frustration and soul-searching exploded in last weekend’s stunning thrashing of premiership big shots Penrith.
Touted as possible wooden-spooners and taunted for not being able to score points, the Dragons ran in a 42-10 win to shock the critics.
“I’m not going to lie, it felt pretty good,” Sims grins. “It was a long pre-season and it was great to be out there and hitting blokes again.
“It was a hard summer for us – we got flogged by the training staff and we had a lot of mental hurdles to tackle.
“We were disappointed with how we went last year and resolved to cut out the bullshit and go 100 per cent during every session and just give it our all.
“We pushed ourselves every weight session and every contact session was full-on. We knew we were a better team than we showed last year and there was a lot of soul-searching and we took a really good, hard look at ourselves.
“The critics were giving it to us and telling us we couldn’t attack and that only made us want to do it more.
“We worked our butts off and wanted to make a statement in round one for the fans and I think we did that. To play so well first-up was satisfying but we’re not getting ahead of ourselves.
“We still made some mistakes against the Panthers – especially in defence — and it’s only round one. There’s a long way to go.”
As the Dragons’ price to win the premiership dropped from $81 to $41 in the space of 24 hours on UBET, Sims paid tribute to embattled coach Paul McGregor.
“‘Mary’ has done a great job and he and his staff really pushed us to the limit.
“Our preparation has been spot-on and we have a mentality that we’ll do whatever it takes to have a good year for both us and the fans.”