Lower Clarence Magpies hit road for Byron intent on an upset

A BETTER start, much tighter defence and a stronger attack are three keys for Lower Clarence Magpies tomorrow.

The Magpies hit the Pacific Highway for a trip up to Red Devil Park for their match against Byron Bay, who are coming off a tight 12-4 loss to Murwillumbah.

Lower Clarence will take a similar squad to last week's side, with coach Nathan Pettit hopeful of a breakthrough. "I did up all of the stats when I went through the video and the defensive stats weren't too bad," Pettit said.

"Our handling was quite ordinary though. There were a lot of back-to-back tries so we have to tighten up our defence.

"We worked on getting some more structure in attack and need to focus on what we are doing well."

Pettit admitted not knowing what to expect from the Red Devils, but insisted he would get his side to play to their strengths.

"I don't know a lot about them at all but they look to be a strong defensive team," Pettit said.

"We just have to play to our strengths and make sure we are playing for each other."

Team: Rob Howard, Aaron Walker, Eric Ugle, Carl Laurie, Jazmin Purcell, Dan Nikas, Andrew Kapeen, Kurtis Laurie, Simon Harrison, Tym Peters, Travis Gibson, Rhys Appo, Grant Brown.



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