Boyd continues to raise the bar

Darius Boyd works on his passing skills during the Dragons training session at WIN Stadium yesterday. Coach Wayne Bennett and Darius Boyd at Dragons training at WIN Stadium yesterday. Pictures: ROBERT PEET
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Darius Boyd simply shrugs when asked what the difference is.While he admits being “more mature and confident”, it appears there’s still plenty of the shy young man that arrived in Wollongong from Brisbane last year.But on the field, Boyd has shown every trick in the fullback’s handbook this year.He ticked off another previously unrecognised skill in his game against the Sharks on Sunday when he produced an awkward, but neatly positioned kick to set up a try for boom teenage centre Kyle Stanley. Full coverage of the Dragons And with it, the transformation of the Dragons star is complete, with the 22-year-old now rivalling five-eighth Jamie Soward and winger Brett Morris as the team’s greatest attacking weapon.”I’ve been training pretty hard but I’m getting a bit older, more mature and more confident,” Boyd said.”As a player there’s always something you can improve on and get better at.”Following this explanation, Boyd goes on to describe tonight’s battle with the in-form Wests Tigers as probably the toughest assignment since taking over the Dragons’ No 1 jersey last year. Third on the NRL ladder, the Tigers have surged recently on the back of four straight wins.The Queensland representative believes hooker Robbie Farah’s expert kicking game from dummy-half, combined with the magic of Benji Marshall, makes them a more dangerous prospect for a fullback than other NRL teams.”They’re a very good attacking side, they can score tries all over the park,” he said.”So we’ve just got to cut down their time on Farah and Benji and we should be all right.”(Farah’s) been playing great all year, we’ve done a bit of video and we’ve done a bit at training, so we can take that in the the game.”Having a dummy-half kicker makes it a lot harder, especially as a left-footer, as well as with Benji and whoever else on the right and him on the left, it makes it a lot harder.”But I think we’ve for a plan for what us as a back three (with winger Morris and Jason Nightingale) are doing, so we should be right with it.”However, Boyd’s task could be made significantly easier with Farah battling a shin injury sustained in the win over Canberra at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.Farah did not train yesterday, but may still be passed fit before kick-off tonight.

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