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Penrith NRL coach John Lang believes St George Illawarra still pose a huge threat even without ill skipper Trent Barrett.
Barrett will miss Sunday's WIN Stadium clash as he continues his recovery from a stomach virus which caused him to spend a night in hospital earlier in the week. Lang says that while Barrett's absence is a bonus for the Panthers, he says the Dragons have too many class players to be taken lightly.
Dragons coach Nathan Brown has named regular hooker Dean Young at pivot, though Lang isn't expecting Young to play like a traditional five-eighth. Lang has added Kiwi international Frank Pritchard to his bench, replacing Mark O'Halloran.