Buccaneers?new plans

By TONY WHITE

twhite@dailyexaminer.com.au

WHEN it comes to preparation, attention to detail is paramount in Pacific Hotel Yamba Buccaneers coach Andrew Bennett's philosophy.

To that end Bennett intends taking a new pre match approach when Yamba tackle Tweed at Coolangatta tomorrow.

"This will be our longest road trip away and we need to prepare properly," Bennett said.

"Maybe we haven't put as much emphasis on that aspect as we should have.

"On Saturday we'll get there early to prepare and be fully ready at the whistle."

The Buccaneers have made just one change from the side that scored a come from behind win against Casino at Yamba Oval last Saturday. Prop Paul Thompson comes in for Anthony Edwards.

Bennett however is wary of Tweed playing before its home crowd and coming off a good win against Lennox Heads last week.

"By all reports Tweed have a solid tight five and they were competitive with Grafton for a long time when they last played," he said.

"Coming off a 38-8 win it shows they are a team that can obviously score points.

"They will be at their strongest playing at home with their tails up."

Against Casino Yamba started slowly and Bennett is adamant the Buccaneers can't afford to start slowly again.

"We need more commitment to the break down early and really get on the front foot straight away," he maintained.

"It was a good comeback win last week but I'd prefer for the team not to be in that position again."

Bennett believes the style of rugby in recent years has changed with more emphasis now placed on a free flowing, running game.

"Get it wide and create opportunities, that's rugby these days," Bennett said. "Sides will still use rolling mauls but the emphasis is more and more on spreading the ball and trying to score points, provided the forwards give you a platform to do that."

Second placed Yamba have more strike power out wide than Tweed and if they get enough possession are capable of racking up plenty of points.

BUCCANEERS: Fullback, Adrian Miller; wingers, Liam Jones, Luke Many; centres, Lee Everett, Tristan Allard; five-eighth, Anthony Begg; halfback, Rob Imeson; props, Ben Lardner, Paul Thompson; hooker, Pete Davis; second-row, Sean Riley, Kane Aeschlimann; breakaways, Luke Turner( c), Ben Hennessey; lock, Paul Hope. Coach: Andrew Bennett.



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