Yamba is playing for pride and local bragging rights in today's clash against Grafton Redmen.
Yamba is playing for pride and local bragging rights in today's clash against Grafton Redmen. Debrah Novak

Buccs playing for pride

THEY may have no chance of making the finals but Yamba Buccaneers will be fired-up for victory today.

Bragging rights, pride and Clarence Valley superiority will all be on the line when the Buccaneers take on Grafton Redmen at Rugby Park.

The Buccaneers have struggled through the season after making the jump to second grade following several years of domination in President's Cup.

A player shortage has been their biggest problem this year, but Yamba coach Paul Rheinberger said they would have the cattle for today's game.

"We should have at least the 15 players for the run on team," Rheinberger said.

"Iluka Cossacks have already indicated they'd be willing to help us out on the bench if we don't have enough players.

"It should be a pretty good afternoon of footy."

Veteran Kris Thomsen will slot back into five eighth for this game and Dan Kelly will make his first and only appearance for 2013.

Kelly played prop for the Buccaneers last year before retiring, but has come back for one more chance to knock the Redmen senseless.

Redmen play Iluka at 1.50pm, with Yamba's game afterwards at 3.15pm.



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