AFTER a better showing against the Grafton Ghosts last week Lower Clarence has a chance to notch up their first win of the season when they take on a dangerous Kyogle side
But they'll have to do it without star front-rower Ryan Binge.
The Lower Clarence enforcer has been given a one-week ban by the NRRRL for failing to attend representative training and it couldn't have come at a worse time for the Magpies who will be desperate to leave New Park Oval with the two competition points.
The NRRRL has made it clear to players: miss a training session and suffer the consequences.
"Kyogle is hard to beat at home and their crowd always gets behind them," Magpies captain/coach Grant Brown said.
"We've lost Ryan through suspension for one week which won't help our cause.
"But I suppose we'll just have to manage without him and if we can build on our performance from last week there's no reason we can't come away with the points."
Binge has been a standout for the Magpies this season and is still widely regarded as the best prop in the NRRRL.
And according to Brown the decision by the NRRRL is disappointing from his point of view.
"It's pretty harsh. Ryan has a new baby and also had work commitments. To drop everything for one training session is a big ask," Brown said.
"He's been suspended for one week and also receives a match-payment fine. It's tough for us, we're going through a rebuilding stage and I know Ryan's number one priority is the Magpies."
The last time the two sides met was back in round 1 when the Turkeys escaped with a thrilling 28-20 victory.
Losing Binge is a double blow for the Magpies with inform back-rower Jackson Lucas out with a serious elbow injury.
"Yeah, Jackson's out of the side and I've replaced him with Travis Gibson," Brown revealed.
"But we do have a few positives with Andrew Kapeen to play on the wing and Mikey Randall in the centres."
In other news Northern United centre Dan Randall received a two-match suspension from the NRRRL judiciary for using offensive language at a referee last week while Grafton Ghosts' hooker Rhys Walters escaped punishment after being sent off for a swinging arm against Casino on Tuesday night.
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