Magpie Mikey Randall during a clash with Evans Head.
Magpie Mikey Randall during a clash with Evans Head.

Future more certain for Magpies

UNDER siege Magpies boss Ricky Binge says the off-field turmoil surrounding his club has only strengthened his squad’s resolve for the season ahead on the pitch.

Fresh from a comfortable 30-14 victory against Evans Head in the Charity Shield contest at the Maclean Showground, Binge says the task of putting the week from hell behind his troops proved easier than expected come kick off.

“I think the biggest thing is to try and hold everyone together,” Binge said.

“There’s a few other clubs trying to tag some of our better players which is not very good at all.

“Hopefully it will build a bit of comradary.”

Usual suspects like centre-turned-second-rower Dan Randall and prop Clint Torrens led the attack as the Magpies swooped on an outclassed Evans Head.

The uncertain future of the club’s playing stocks did not affect the Magpies’ stars.

“We were changing him (Randall) from second-row to centre but I think he will stand out more in the centres,” Binge said.

“And Clint gave us a lot of go forward.”

The game was delayed after 10 minutes when an Evans Head player broke a leg.

But it allowed Binge to refocus his men with the task ahead.

“In that 10 minutes we learned a little bit about them and what we needed to do,” Binge said.

“We had a think about things after that and it started going better.”

The victory comes on the back of an opening round triumph against Casino before the Magpies fluffed their lines when faced with a powerful Rhinos side last start.

Rugby union new boy Ben Olsen was another to grab Binge’s attention since his off-season defection.

Olsen impressed in some solid touches from the back row and looks to be one to watch.

The Magpies will face the Rhinos on April 24 in a match Binge labelled a chance for ‘Yamba payback’.



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