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I am getting back to my best: Cordner

Sydney Roosters star Boyd Cordner admits he's struggled to hit the heights of his memorable 2013 but confident last Saturday's barnstorming display against Cronulla will kick-start his season.
I am getting back to my best: Cordner
by AAP

By Ian McCullough

SYDNEY, April 24 AAP - Sydney Roosters star Boyd Cordner admits he's struggled to hit the heights of his memorable 2013 but confident last Saturday's barnstorming display against Cronulla will kick-start his season.

The back-rower enjoyed unprecedented success last year winning a premiership ring, a Rugby League World Cup medal in addition to representative honours with Country Origin and NSW.

Despite being just 21-years-old Cordner is already recognised as one of the best forwards in the game.

But both he and the Roosters have made a sluggish start to the season, winning just three of their opening seven games.

The Roosters face St George Illawarra in the traditional Anzac Day fixture on Friday in front of what's expected to be a sell-out crowd of 40,000 at Allianz Stadium. Cordner's hoping he can carry on from where he left off in the 24-18 win at Shark Park.

"Against Parra the other week it wasn't my best game and I was pretty filthy with myself and knew I had to turn some things around," Cordner said.

"But I thought I played pretty good against the Sharks and hopefully I can turn it around in Friday's match."

Cordner believes the Roosters' slow start to their title defence can be put down to 16 of their squad being involved in the World Cup in Europe at the end of last year.

Subsequently coach Trent Robinson was unable to re-create the fastidious pre-season planning that laid the foundations for last year's premiership success.

However he believes two months into the new season the side is almost back to where it was last October.

"It was an interrupted pre-season which is pretty important as to how your team is going to start the year," he said.

"We were together for a long time last year, but this time we come back in dribs and drabs.

"Most years we have eight weeks training before Christmas but this time we had four weeks together before the season started.

"It has had something to do with our poor start, but we're eight weeks into the season now and feeling pretty good."

The Dragons head into Friday's game on the back of a much-needed 20-10 win over the Warriors and hold an 8-4 record in the fixture which was first played in 2002.

Cordner made his first Anzac Day appearance in 2013 and almost inevitably in a year when everything he touched turned to gold he was awarded the Ashton-Collier Spirit of the ANZAC Medal for the man of the match.

The medal is named after Bill Collier, the only surviving member of the Dragons' 1941 premiership-winning side who was deployed in Papua New Guinea in World War 2 and Ashton Ferris, a former Eastern Suburbs player who served in the Royal Australian Navy during the same era.

"It was a real honour and this fixture is one that always makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up," Cordner said.

"It's a game you always look forward to playing in and the atmosphere is unbelievable.

"It's always got that extra feel to it because of what the day is all about."


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