All-stars to face guts, firepower
THEY’VE been branded as the Clarence Valley All-stars and with good reason.
The Ghosts line-up for tomorrow’s clash with the Rhinos oozes class, but will that be enough to curtail an opposition side relying on good-old-fashioned guts and determination?
Ghosts coach Col Speed was at the helm last year when his side succumbed to a rampant Rhinos side, but one gets the feeling the astute mentor will have his side better-prepared this time around.
“I’m sure the intensity will lift for both sides, but we will go into the game no different to any other game,” Speed said
“We need to put on our football brains and not be intimidated. It’s all about looking after our own backyard and hopefully improving each week.”
When asked if his side is ready for a predicted fiery encounter, Speed said: “Bring it on”.
“I’m getting sick of critics questioning our side’s toughness. Haven’t they seen the past two games we played?
“The side has been aggressive from the start of the season and we will be happy as a side to answer the critics on Sunday.”
Speed said his side will need to negate the Rhinos’ ability to score tries against the run of play.
“We have respect for the Rhinos who rely on playing ad-lib football. Xavier will have a simple plan and play to their strengths,” he said.
A notable inclusion on the bench is Ghosts prop Nat Sewell who will add plenty of starch to a pack already boasting muscle.
“Nat will be a fresh reserve.
“He came off the bench against Cudgen last week in short bursts and will continue to improve,” Speed said.