Magpies hit the road

Magpies recruit Mark Laurie crashes over for try during a trial game earlier this season.
Magpies recruit Mark Laurie crashes over for try during a trial game earlier this season.

THE Lower Clarence Magpies will continue their search for the killer touch when they play cellar dwellers Evans Head Bombers at Stan Payne Oval, Evans Head, today.

The Magpies Jekyll and Hyde impersonation continued last round against Mullumbimby, where a poor first half of mistakes and slack defence was followed by a scorching 22-point second-half performance.

Magpies captain-coach Dallas Waters said the victory over Mullumbimby 'would mean nothing' if his players faltered against the Bombers.

He accepted the Magpies had so far failed to produce 80 minutes of domination against their Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League (NRRRL) rivals.

“It would be fair to say that we have put ourselves in a position to put away our opponents, but then let our guard down,” he said.

“That'll be our focus this weekend ... and hopefully we can put (the Bombers) to the grind.”

Chasing a third consecutive victory against Evans Head, the Magpies will have their work cut out against the 'unknown' Bombers.

“They're a new club and need some time to work on their style of play,” Waters said.

“We have been preparing to play at a standard that will put us in a position for victory.”

Even though Evans Head is without a point this season, Waters refuses to take the challenge from the wooden spooners lightly, expecting a bruising encounter against the NRRRL new boys.

The Magpies, however, are no pushovers this season, and with further improvement in the middle of the park, could turn a solid defence into a watertight fortification.

“We've got the experience who like the physical stuff,” Waters said.

“We need to go out with the same intensity we had against Mullumbimby.”

The job of securing two valuable away points has become increasingly difficult with the news hooker Tom Martin suffered ligament damage in his left knee against Mullumbimby and will be out of the Evans Head match.

Waters (hamstring) could well join Martin on the sidelines, but is hoping he will recover in time.