ROAD TO SUCCESS: Maclean High after defeating Callaghan College 32-22 in Newcastle to qualify for the quarter-finals of the University Shield. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED
ROAD TO SUCCESS: Maclean High after defeating Callaghan College 32-22 in Newcastle to qualify for the quarter-finals of the University Shield. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

Green machine set for University Shield league clash

MACLEAN High's Open Rugby League team is expecting stiff opposition from Sydney's Sarah Redfern High.

But the game plan for the University Shield quarter-final clash is simple.

"No errors, spread the ball wide when the opportunity presents and focus on defence," Maclean High coach Nathan White said.

"Sarah Redfern have a big, mobile forward pack and fast backline. Their number six Daniel Roberts plays SG Ball for Wests Tigers."

The Maclean High line-up for the 11.30am clash today at Maclean Showground remains largely unchanged from the 32-20 win over Callaghan College Jesmond.

A mobile, young team with about half its players aged just 15 and 16, Maclean High has continually overwhelmed more fancied opponents during the competition and should not be daunted by today's assignment.

This will be the side's first appearance at Maclean Showground during this year's University Shield.

"The school hasn't seen them play yet, so it's a big thing," White said.

Maclean travelled away to Ballina High (32-16) in the regional final while its two earlier home games were both played at Yamba.

A player to look out for will be 16-year-old Mischa Porter, who scored an exciting second half try in the corner to help get over the line in the last round, while Luke Roberts will captain the team from the centres. Roberts is part of the South Grafton Rebels side preparing for the Group Two Under-18 grand final against Sawtell Panthers at McGuren Field on Sunday.



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