Buccs forced to ring changes
By TONY WHITE
THE Pacific Hotel Yamba Buccaneers depth will be put to the acid test when they take on Lismore away today.
Yamba will field a line up with numerous personnel and positional changes to the regular first grade run on side brought about by a combination of injury, holidays and other commitments.
Winger, rugby league convert Luke Many has stepped into the breach to fill the fullback spot vacated due to Adrian Miller's World Cup sortie.
Third grader Scott Moore, who started the season as out- side centre in firsts, has been elevated to take Many's spot.
With halfback Rob Imeson unavailable, Luke Turner takes over and Pat Day is back from injury to play flanker with former Yamba junior Josh Byrnes, who played with Temora last season, filling the other break away spot.
"We've been forced to make several changes," Buccaneers coach Andrew Bennett said. "Three of the back five in the forwards have changed and we've got Luke Many at fullback and a new half/five-eighth combination.
Second-rower Kane Aeschlimann is also out with injury and Ben Hennessey unavailable.
Training on Thursday night was the only time the new look side have run together.
Bennett is wary of Lismore who are a far stronger outfit than when the Buccaneers beat them earlier this season.
"They've made several changes and have been going well," Bennett said.
"It should be a good test of our depth."
YAMBA: Fullback, Luke Many; wingers, Scott Moore, Liam Jones; centres, Lee Everett, Tristan Allard; five-eighth, Anthony Begg; halfback, Luke Turner; props, Paul Thompson, Ben Lardner; hooker, Peter Davis; second-row, Sean Riley, Anthony Edwards; flankers, Josh Byrnes, Pat Day; lock, Paul Hope. Coach: Andrew Bennett.