St George Illawarra’s State of Origin forward Jack de Belin admits the Dragons have a “hangover” post-Origin labeling recent months as a “footy overload”.
The Dragons were smashed by last place Parramatta last weekend 40-4 and now face the in-form Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.
“I’ve learnt a lot the past couple of months. How important it is to freshen your body up, especially freshen your mind up. I’ve never had so much footy going on in my life, it was kind of a footy overload,” de Belin said.
“You look at our squad and there’s probably a bit of a hangover happening, but at the same time, there can’t be any excuses for that. Every other club’s in the same situation we’re in, everyone’s got to do it, it’s just a matter of putting your hand up and getting it done.”
Interestingly, de Belin believes the Dragons only have to scrape into the finals and don’t necessarily need momentum.
“I don’t think anyone comes back to NRL a worse player after playing Origin. All we’ve got to do is make it first and then we can give it a good old shake up if we make it.”