All Stars ready for tough clash
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
COMING up against an opponent that your team knows very little about makes it very difficult to prepare for a match let alone one as important as tonight's Cook Islands and Coast and Valley All Stars clash at the International Stadium.
Orara Valley's Scott Lacey believes that the best way to handle the situation is to simply worry about your own team and hope that it is going to be good enough.
"We're expecting a pretty physical game definitely and they're going to get in your face," the winger said.
"Other than that we really don't know much about them at all though so we have to make sure that we use our pace and stay switched on enough to play our best."
Lacey wasn't a member of last year's team that thrashed the USA Tomahawks 56-6 on this day which means that he might be awaiting kick-off to the match a bit more eagerly than those who are playing in the team for a second time.
"I'm really looking forward to the atmosphere I suppose," he admitted.
"I guess I'll just try and live it up a bit and enjoy it.
"It hasn't been talked about much out at training but it's definitely being talked about in the community when people talk to me on the street or at work."
Lacey has been named on his usual wing in the starting team but the Axeman knows that it's highly unlikely that he'll stay there throughout the affair.
"I'll probably be swapping between wing and fullback and it's a good chance I'll spend some time on the bench," he said.
"Jock (Moore) has said that we'll be coming on and off the bench so I'd say that we'll be interchanged pretty much constantly."
Some time on the bench might come as a welcomed nuisance for Lacey though as he's in for a busy few days due to also playing in the seven's tournament on the weekend.
Without knowing for sure how he'll go, he's making no promises that he'll put in a memorable sevens performance.
"Hopefully I pull up all right after the Cook Islands game," Lacey finished only half jokingly.
"It's a good chance that I might be a bit sore."