Rhinos to take on Seagulls
GRAFTON Rhinos’ supporters will have a chance to see first hand if their side are the real deal in this year’s NRRRL competition at McKittrick Park tomorrow.
After soundly defeating Tweed Coast in round 1, the Rhinos will be up against a far more formidable outfit in the Ballina Seagulls who started their season with a convincing 48-14 win over Casino.
“I talked to a couple of Ghosts’ players last week and they said Ballina are an enthusiastic side who have a tough forward pack which keeps coming at you,” coach Xavier Sullivan said.
“They pride themselves on defence but they do appear to lack strike-power out wide.”
Sullivan received some good news during the week with the signing of Lower Clarence Magpies halfback Sam Woods, who has been listed to play from the bench.
“Sam will certainly add strength to the side and with Steve Kirby back we have plenty of options,” Sullivan said.
“Steve will be in the run on side at hooker and if he needs a rest I can put our half Regan Burley into the hooking role and run Sam at halfback.
“Having both Steve and Sam in the side will give us more direction in attack and give the younger guys some much-needed confidence.”
Sullivan said his main priority tomorrow is for his side to get back to basics and stick to a structure.
“We need to improve our handling after last week and stick to our game plan which went out the door against Tweed last weekend,” he said.
Ballina are a well-drilled team and coach Brian Battese is sure to have his young Seagulls side up for the match.
Ballina players may be excused for thinking they turned up to the wrong ground as the Rhinos have substituted their familiar Jacaranda purple playing strip for pink in recognition of the McGrath Foundation and Mother’s Day.
1. Todd Cameron
2. Ryan O’Grady
3. Joe Ravueta
4. Joel Moss
5. Joe Gordon
6. Ronald Gordon
7. Regan Burley
8. Xavier Sullivan (c)
9. Steve Kirby
10. Tim Tilse
11. Ben Woods
12. Neori Kuramalawa
13. Dwayne Duke
Interchange: Sam Woods, Josh Harris