Road trips could be tough going for Lower Clarence Magpies
NATHAN Pettit is under no illusion the next two weeks could be the most painful of his tenure at Lower Clarence Magpies.
The Magpies coach is preparing for two rough road trips to Casino and Murwillumbah, two of the top sides in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League.
However, Pettit has taken the tack of setting small goals for his team, with the result not the biggest concern.
"We'll come out the other end but we need to stick it out," Pettit said.
"It's time to dig in. We just need to take what we've got to them and give it our best shot."
Their task has been made more difficult with four first graders not making the trip, the most influential being gamechanger Andrew Kapeen.
However, Lower Clarence may benefit from a reshuffled line-up, with Grant Brown partnering Dan Nikas in the halves and Tym Peters adding starch in the centres.
"The centres are where we've been weakest so we've added a bit of size out there," Pettit said.