Dragons are formidable but not feared

Roosters prop Jason Ryles says his former teammates at the Dragons are not feared "physically" but coach Wayne Bennett has turned them into a formidable opponent.

The 32-year-old faces up against his former teammates at the Sydney Football Stadium later this afternoon in the traditional Anzac Day clash.

"They are not feared in a physical way, but they are relentless," Ryles said. "They don't make many errors; they don't let many tries in. It's Wayne Bennett's style of play.

"When I used to play for the Dragons (2000-08) when we were on, we were on, but we were too inconsistent. Now they are very consistent with everything they do.

"They are good at scrambling in defence; they always cover for each other. It's a trait of Wayne Bennett's that's been instilled in them. 

"You have to try to go with them as long as you can; and not be the one who cracks first."

After a week of drama off the field for the Roosters in which troubled Dally M Medallist Todd Carney was suspended indefinitely, Ryles said Sydney couldn't wait to get on the field for the 2010 grand final replay.

"It's hard to really measure the impact of what happens off the field," Ryles said. "It's not ideal, but we still have to go out and play.

"Everyone is training fine and feels okay. We are looking forard to just getting on the field and playing. It is a real honour and privilege to play on a day like Anzac Day."

The Storm will also play a special Anzac Day match against the Warriors at Melbourne's AAMI Park tonight to wrap-up round seven.

Both the Dragons and Storm have had only one loss from six games this season and will join the Broncos (6-1) on top of the ladder if they win today.

The Broncos registered their sixth straight win on Friday night with a vintage Darren Lockyer performance steering them to a solid 31-18 victory over the Tigers.

In the other Friday night game, the Sea Eagles beat the Panthers 22-16 at Brookvale to join Saturday winners, the Cowboys and Bullodgs, in the four to six spots on the ladder with a 5-2 win-loss record. 

The Cowboys had a comfortable 30-12 win over the Sharks at Toyota Park, while the Bulldogs beat the Rabbitohs 36-24 at ANZ Stadium. To make matters worse for the losing teams, both suffered serious injuries to key players.

The Knights are outright seventh after their fourth win, with a gritty come-from-behind 22-12 victory over the Raiders, who blew a 12-0 lead at home yesterday. Canberra are alone at the bottom of the ladder with just one win from seven games.

The Wests Tigers complete the eight with a 3-4 record, just ahead of the Eels (4-3), who are in ninth spot after they upset the Titans 22-18 at Parramatta Stadium yesterday, with a last-minute try.