AFTER three losses on the trot, the St George Illawarra Dragons are desperate to return to the winner's circle.
Despite still sitting in sixth on the ladder after eight rounds, Sunday's match against Canterbury-Bankstown at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium appears to be a pivotal one for the Red V's season.
Gerringong's Tariq Sims offered a blunt message to how his club best turn it around.
"Win, we need to win - it's pretty simple," Sims said.
"We need to complete our sets, we need to hold on to the ball.
"I was terrible last week, I need to rectify that with a strong game with the ball.
"It was just one of those games, you have them every now - it was disappointing on my behalf, I'm going to be going out there trying my best this weekend.
"We need to stay in our systems and just need to do a job.
"We need to do what we've been training because that's what has been working for us.
"We need to go back to our power game and sticking with it for the full 80."
The Group Seven product also dismissed the ideas the club's struggles are similar to last season.
"To be honest, we don't really think about the past, it's all about taking it one game at a time, addressing those lessons in the losses that we've been learning the last couple of weeks," he said.
"We've been learning things about ourselves and that's probably the most important thing, that we're learning from our mistakes and not carrying them into next week."
If they are going to improve on their 4-4 record against the last-placed Bulldogs, Sims knows his side have to take better care of the footy.
"Under these conditions that we have, miserable wet, rainy weather, it's never easy, but at the end of the day it's who completes the highest, kicks the ball well and defends the opposite team coming out of their line," he said.
"That's a big ask and sounds easy, but it's one of those things, as a collective 17 we've got to do the job, what we prepare for all week and make sure we go out there and execute."
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