Injury means key Yamba Buccaneer Tristan Ellard is unavailable for today's clash against Lismore.
Injury means key Yamba Buccaneer Tristan Ellard is unavailable for today's clash against Lismore. Debrah Novak

Buccaneers gear up with more players on board

YAMBA Buccaneers coach Paul Rheinberger is confident his team can put in an improved showing today after more players made themselves available.

The Buccaneers have struggled to put a team together so far this year, but Rheinberger said they were getting closer to a full compliment of players every day.

"It has been a bit of a struggle but we were able to train with a full forward pack for the first time on Thursday so that's got to be a good thing," Rheinberger said.

"The downside is we'll be down on a few backs but we should be all right."

An injury and unavailability curse seems to have struck the coastal club, as they will look to their third captain in just their second game.

Regular captain Ben Olsen has been out injured, while stand-in captain Tristan Allard is unavailable for today's game.

Loose forward Stephen Hind will take over the role, while Rheinberger himself will most likely take the field.

"I might not be starting prop but I'll probably be floating around there somewhere," Rheinberger said. "We still have players out of position but we're getting better with it.

"We had a good chat after last week's game so we know where we need to improve."

The key for Yamba is to address their discipline, which Rheinberger said had let them down. But he admitted he was flying blind ahead of their clash with Lismore, saying it had been a while since they had played and he wasn't sure of their squad.

"It has been a while so I'm not sure what we will be in for," Rheinberger said.

"I can't predict how we will go in the match but I'll be happy if we're competitive."

A key player in Yamba's revival is their "flying Fijian" Timeci Senimaoli.

Rheinberger said the inside centre had performed brilliantly last week against Ballina, and was awarded man of the match.



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