YAMBA READY: The Buccaneers are shooting for back-to-back victories before the local derby.
YAMBA READY: The Buccaneers are shooting for back-to-back victories before the local derby. Debrah Novak

Buccaneers take on Wollongbar but local derby their main focus

YAMBA Buccaneers know full well that taking their eye off an opponent can leave them open to a fatal attack.

But that has not stopped the Buccaneers from looking forward to their next game.

Yamba host Wollongbar-Alstonville in Far North Coast Rugby Union action today, but, according to coach Paul Rheinberger, their eyes are firmly on their next opponent.

"We're looking pretty good for this week but the real game is next week's game against Grafton," Rheinberger said.

There is something about local derbies that fire up the towns, let alone clubs.

It consumes every player and spectator, even if it is still a week - and a whole round - away.

"The matches between Yamba and the Redmen are nothing short of brutal," Rheinberger said. "Everyone gets fired up for it."

Before they get too carried away in derby fever, the Buccaneers have to face the "unknown" of Wollongbar.

Rheinberger said he expected to keep a similar team to the one that played last week, with only minor changes to the outfit.

"If the gods are kind we'll have a full squad," Rheinberger said.

"We were a little short on second-rowers during the week at training but the backs trained well.

"We don't really know what to expect from Wollongbar. I predict they'll send a handful of first graders but we'll know when we run out."



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