Uni a litmus test for Buccs
By TONY WHITE
PACIFIC Hotel Yamba Buccaneers coach Andrew Bennett would dearly love to play 'genie', bottle the Buccaneers home ground form and take it on the road with him.
The Buccaneers have recorded two strong wins against Lismore and Ballina at Yamba Oval, but in a complacent effort went down to Wollongbar away in round two of the Far North Coast Rugby Union competition.
"We've just got to make sure we take our Yamba form to Lismore," Bennett said of the Buccaneers clash today against Southern Cross University (SCU) in Lismore.
"University are being touted as premiership contenders and it should be a good contest. It will be a good indication where we're at."
"There's no room for complacency though. Every team we play against now are aware they have to play well to beat us."
The Buccaneers have lost props Paul Thompson and Will Edgar, who played half a game against Ballina last week.
Ben Lardner will make his first grade debut for the Buccaneers.
"Ben is 115kg and around five feet ten, a good build for a prop," Bennett said.
"He's fairly mobile, a strong scrummager and good in second and third phase play."
SCU have began the season well and Bennett is wary of its powerful back row.
"They have a very mobile back row with David Doyle and Henry Vanderglass," Bennett said.
Doyle and Vanderglass are former Country Under-20 repre- sentatives.
BUCCANEERS: Fullback, Adrian Miller; wingers, Liam Jones, Bede Hunt; centres, Lee Everett, Tristan Allard; fiveeighth, Anthony Begg; halfback, Rob Imeson; props, Ben Lardner, Anthony Edwards; hooker, Pete Davis; secondrow, Sean Riley, Kane Aeschlimann; breakaways, Luke Turner (c), Paul Hope; Lock, Mitch McLennan.