Redmen aim up to reach top four
THE Australian Hotel Redmen blew an ideal chance to cement their place in the top four last Saturday when they fell to Lennox Head by an agonising two points.
The result has left them in a precarious position and they face the prospect of slipping further down the Far North Coast Rugby ladder if they fail to overcome Bangalow at Rugby Park South Grafton today.
Grafton is currently in sixth position, just two points behind Bangalow, which, like Grafton, is yet to claim a big scalp this season. Put simply, it's a must-win game for the home side.
One player who will play a big part in today's all-important clash is open-side breakaway Scott Lloyd.
Affectionately known as "Pockets" by his team-mates, Lloyd rates high on the intimidation scale with his trademark running style and bone-crushing defence.
Pockets admits he loves nothing better than rattling rib cages of opposition inside backs.
"I do pride myself on defence and like to make myself known on the field," Lloyd said.
"I like to work them over and get stuck into opposition five-eighths…or anyone else for that matter."
Technically, Lloyd's tackling style is close to perfect, so how did this quietly spoken "hitman" become one of the most feared defenders in the Far North Coast Rugby competition?
"It goes back to playing junior rugby league," Lloyd explained.
"I learnt how to tackle front-on in league. I enjoy being close to the action and getting involved in the rucks and mauls.
"I used to play in the centres but now I'm in the forwards I get to make a lot more tackles which I love doing."
Redmen supporters will be hoping for a big game from Lloyd against Bangalow. Another loss could see their finals ambitions a distant memory.
"We need to get our season back on track. It was a tough loss to handle last week against Lennox," Lloyd said.
"We should have beaten Lennox but we now need to focus on Bangalow."