Hunt critical of his slow Dragons debut

CRITICAL: Ben Hunt wants more responsibility
CRITICAL: Ben Hunt wants more responsibility CRAIG GOLDING

AFTER pulling on the Red V guernsey for the first time, Ben Hunt has vowed to take greater control of his new side.

The Australian playmaker (pictured) had a promising outing in St George Illawarra's 24-18 win over English Super League side Hull FC in a pre-season friendly at ANZ Stadium on Saturday.

In his 70 minutes on the field, Hunt kicked well and went within centimetres of setting up tries for Tim Lafai and Jeremy Latimore with his boot.

However, he said he was guilty of taking a back seat to five-eighth Gareth Widdop.

"I started a bit slow, I think,” Hunt said. "I felt my way into the game. I need to be a bit different and inject myself into the game. I'm the halfback.

"That's what they need and hopefully next week I can start getting my hands on the ball earlier.”

Hunt and Widdop were both outshone by 22-year-old fullback Matt Dufty who looked classy and ensured he will start the year wearing the Dragon's No.1 jumper.

Hunt left Brisbane after signing a five-year deal with the Dragons while Widdop and hooker Cameron McInnes are on contract until 2021, meaning Paul McGregor has stability in key positions for years to come.


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