RAGING BULL: Hard-running prop forward Wayne Reid has made a big impact with the Magpies this season.
RAGING BULL: Hard-running prop forward Wayne Reid has made a big impact with the Magpies this season.

Magpies to look forward

By RODNEY STEVENS

sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

THE Lower Clarence Magpies will be hoping to put the Jack Currie debacle behind them when they meet an injury riddled South Tweed Koalas this Sunday.

Magpies coach Jason 'China' Wilkinson said the NRRRL match to be played at Dave Burns Field, South Tweed Heads on Sunday is a "big game in regard to points on the table for the team."

The Magpies are focusing on the rest of the season and this is week presents a good chance for a win against a depleted Koalas outfit.

"The boys had a good training run this week," Wilkinson said.

But the Magpies will be wary of South Tweed after their recent come from behind victory over the Grafton Ghosts at Grafton.

"This is a must win game to keep us in the race for the finals," Wilkinson said.

"Everybody is looking forward to Sunday," he said.

Koalas player/coach Matt Manning who is battling an niggling injury himself, has been proud of the way his players have come together and are playing with plenty of confidence.

"We know Lower Clarence have a few players from up this way and after a loss at home against Murwillumbah will be looking to avenge that," Manning said.

"Our home games always generate plenty of local support and we will be counting on that to help lift us."

LOWER CLARENCE MAGPIES: Fullback, Grant Brown; Wingers, Damien Randall, Ben McDonald; Centres, Daniel Bathersby, Dave Purcell; Five-eighth, Aaron Murray; Halfback, Jason Wilkinson; Props, Wayne Reid, Mick Harris; Hooker, Barry Ah-See; Second-row, Ryan Binge, Tom Freebody; Lock, Daniel Cowling; Reserve, Nathan Cal- ley.

SOUTH TWEED: Fullback, Gene Slockee; Wingers, Ricki Moana, Tom Phillips; Centres, Brendan Rotumah, John Keating; Fiveeighth, Doug Slockee; Halfback, Reece Sandy; Props, Jim Turner, Rob Loring; Hooker, Chris Sommerville; Second Row, Chris Humphries, Matt Smith, Lock, Kurt Richardson; Reserve, Matt Man- ning.



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