Dragons kept scoreless for first time in their history

PENRITH managed to keep St George-Illawarra scoreless for the first time in that club's history as a joint venture at WIN Jubilee Oval, in the 19-0 win in round 11 this season.

The Panthers will hope to bring the same defensive intensity into tonight's game at Centrebet Stadium, with both teams desperate for a win.

The Dragons are languishing in 14th spot and have just offloaded premiership-winning five-eighth Jamie Soward to the London Broncos for the rest of the year.

And the Panthers have lost their past two games.

Penrith winger David Simmons said he had plenty of belief his troops could beat the red and whites again, but was not getting complacent after shocking them in front of their home fans five weeks ago.

"We know we can beat them. (But) they finished better than us last game and I'm sure they will take confidence out of that," he said.

Dragons prop Jack de Belin said he still had painful memories of that round 11 nightmare.

"They took us a little bit by surprise last time around and ambushed us at our own ground," he said.

"We'll definitely be looking to get one back over them this time."

The Dragons' NSW Origin reps Josh Dugan and Brett Morris are expected to back up from Wednesday night's 26-6 loss to Queensland, while Trent Merrin will be sidelined for a week for his role in the fight that saw four players sent to the sin-bin.

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