Buccs not horsing around with Trojans
TODAY looms as a danger game for the Pacific Hotel Yamba Buccaneers as they face the deceptively tough Lennox Head Trojans in their Coopers Far North Coast Rugby Union premiership clash at Williams Reserve.
On paper the Buccs have the edge ? they sit second on the ladder while the Trojans have only won once this season ? Lennox are more than capable of springing an upset.
The last time these sides met, in Yamba in June, the Trojans horsed around and continually fooled Yamba, who were lucky to escape with a 28-8 win.
The Trojans will fancy themselves against the confident Buccs and will be keen to atone for the 97-0 thumping they received from Casino last week.
Buccs captain Luke Turner said he didn't expect another blase performance from his side today.
"The boys have seen the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie this week and we will come out fired up and keen to prove to everyone we are the pirates of the Clarence," he said.
"Lennox got smashed last week away from home, so in front of their home fans they will want to show everyone they aren't as bad as that result suggests.
"We know they will come out strongly, but we have prepared for it all week so we are confident we'll be able to weather the storm."
The Buccs have made three changes to the starting side which defeated Uni 44-17 last week and will give first grade debuts to Grant Rookes and Shaun Jackson.
Rookes will slot in to second row to cover the unavailable Pat Day, while Jackson will take over at half back from Turner, who slots into open side flanker at the expense of Josh Byrnes.
Adrian Miller, who unfortunately returned from Germany in one piece, will take over from Liam Jones at fullback, who will shift onto the wing. Nathan Ensby will move onto the bench after starting at five-eighth in third grade.
Turner said Rookes would bring some unpredictability to the forwards, while Jackson would enliven a backline in need of a spark.
"Rookesy's height and jumping ability will really strengthen the lineout and with his ball running and speed around the park, it'll be like playing with another flanker," he said.
"Jicko's running game and lively passing should suit Beggsy at 10, so it's a combination we are looking forward to unleashing."
YAMBA: Fullback, Adrian Miller; wingers, Liam Jones, Luke Many; centres, Tristan Allard, Lee Everett; five-eighth, Anthony Begg; half-back, Shaun Jackson; props, Ben Lardner, Anthony Edwards; hooker, Peter Davis; second-row, Shane Riley, Grant Rookes; flankers, Luke Turner, Ben Hennessy; lock, Paul Hope. Coach: Andrew Bennett.