NRL: Fien warns Bennett and Boyd about likely hostility

Darius Boyd of the Knights runs with the ball during the round five NRL match. Photo / Getty Images
Darius Boyd of the Knights runs with the ball during the round five NRL match. Photo / Getty Images

St George Illawarra utility Nathan Fien has warned Wayne Bennett and Darius Boyd to expect a hostile reception on their return to Kogarah for the first time with Newcastle tonight.

Boyd and Bennett left the Dragons after three successful years at the end of last season, which included a first NRL premiership for the joint venture in 2010.

The two sides have already crossed swords this season in round one, with Bennett's new charges going down 15-14 to a Jamie Soward field goal in golden point, and Fien believes Dragons supporters will be doing all they can to unsettle the visitors.

"I am sure it will be a packed house and I'm sure they'll both probably get a bit of stick from our supporters," Fien said. "But that's all a part of playing footy at this high level and I am sure they will be able to cope.

"It's not something we've focused on. We're more worried about getting the little things right and executing our plays and, if we do that, we can get the two points."

The Dragons were toothless in attack last Saturday, going down 12-0 to Cronulla at Toyota Stadium.

However, Fien, who will return to action after an ankle injury that has sidelined him since the win over Wests Tigers in round three, said there had been no inquest about what went wrong against the Sharks.

"It's business as usual," he said.

"We've come off not our best performance this week and we're looking to turn it around.

"I think it was more our execution that let us down on the night and that's what we've worked on more this week, getting that right."

Fien's return and the good form of Mitch Rein had led to speculation young rake Cameron King would leave the club to reunite with Bennett at Newcastle.

But King put paid to any discussion about him leaving by signing a new three-year deal and Fien said he was delighted to see the 20-year-old commit his future to the Red V for a further three years.

"Kingy would have been involved in the last few weeks had he not broken his thumb, and it's good that he wants to stay with the club," Fien said. "He's a good young kid - he's just got to knuckle down now.

"He's had a few injuries at the start of his career so I guess it is about him getting his head around that and coming back bigger and better."

The Dragons also announced the signing of highly rated Cronulla back-rower Tyson Frizell. The Wales international impressed during last year's Four Nations campaign and joins the club on a two-year deal from next year.

- AAP

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