Macksville full back Chris Morecombe will be their impact player according to Woolgoolga captain-coach John Cross. Photo: TREVO
Macksville full back Chris Morecombe will be their impact player according to Woolgoolga captain-coach John Cross. Photo: TREVO

Grand final strategies



HIS team might not have been able to cause Orara Valley's downfall last weekend but Woolgoolga's captain-coach JOHN CROSS has a look at how Macksville can take out the title tomorrow.

ATTACK:

o Be prepared to throw the ball around and make the Orara defence scramble.

o Try and make Brett Davis, Matt Donovan and Brad Hart tackle as much as possible. Don't run away from them.

o The ability of David Pickvance, Chris Morecombe and Wes Kelly to get the ball off Macksville's own line is important.

o Must complete sets that's a given.

DEFENCE:

o The forwards need to work hard to cut off any inside balls.

o The kick chase has to be good.

o The whole team needs to be disciplined. Rick Purton won't put up with too much.

PLAYER TO WATCH:

o Chris Morecombe

Has been nearly the best player all season with his pace and power. His combination with David Pickvance has been a key to Macksville's success.

STRENGTHS:

o The unpredictability when Macksville are attacking.

o They're never dead. They can be down by 20 points or whatever and it doesn't worry them, they still expect to win.

WEAKNESSES:

o If anything it could be the expectation. They're at home and starting favourites. That's something this group hasn't done before.

SAWTELL have played against Macksville more than any other opponent in the last two years so Panther's captain-coach CRAIG WALLACE is qualified more than anyone to lend a helping hand to Orara Valley with his thoughts.

ATTACK:

o Just complete sets. Orara need to make sure they turn Macksville around and don't turn the ball over in their own half.

o Play fast at them.

o When spreading the ball, move their big fellas around and try to catch them out with a pass on the inside.

DEFENCE:

o Push off the line and get up in their face.

o Put a lot of pressure on the ball carrier.

o You must have your inside man talking to you with everyone moving up right across the paddock.

o Keep it tight in around the ruck. Try to dominate that area with or without the ball.

PLAYER TO WATCH:

o Ben McCarthy

He just has the ability to create something out of nothing and he does it all at 100 mph. He gets great support from his outside backs and he's good defensively as well.

STRENGTHS:

o The back row is very strong.

o A very consistent side right across the park. They are more the champion team than a team of champions.

WEAKNESSES:

o Orara can be lazy through the middle and got caught out here in the major semi.

o If the chips are down, the team seems to wait for certain individuals to spark it up again.



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