North Coast needs forward planning
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
ACCORDING to coach Geoff Bushby, if the North Coast Under 18 representative team is going to overcome Northern Rivers tomorrow, the forward pack is going to need to raise the bar.
"I'm really looking forward to the forward challenge our guys are going to be given," he said.
"In the last game against Central Coast, there wasn't a lot of forward work needed, and we ran over the top of them.
"This game will be different though. There'll be a stiff battle in the forwards and it will be interesting to see how they come up."
The winner of tomorrow's match will progress through to the final of the Country Championships.
"It's important our forwards get some work because it will be a big forwards game in the final."
Bushby has seen his opposition play once before and admits that he still doesn't know too much about the Northern Rivers outfit.
"When I saw them, it was a lot like watching our side play.
"There are a lot of similarities between the two teams."
From the little that he does know, Bushby has already seen a danger man that North Coast must watch closely.
"Their hooker Harry Witt is a smart player capable of causing some damage."
While Bushby believes that Witt is the danger man from the opposition, he refused to name a single player from his North Coast team who could be a game breaker.
"We're not putting much emphasis on the individual stuff.
"We just go out there each time looking to work as a team."
The North Coast team will be running out with a fairly settled line-up at Macksville tomorrow.
The only change to the side that thrashed Central Coast is the inclusion of Camden Haven's Ryan Beakey who is taking the place of injured Macleay Valley prop Aidan Tolman.
North Coast under-18s team to play at Macksville: 1 David Wood Coffs Harbour, 2. Floyd Gillin Macksville, 3. Jack Lhuede Nambucca Heads, 4. Dennis Gordon Sawtell, 5. Kyle Currie Taree City, 6. Greg Nichols (c) Nambucca Heads, 7. Jarryd Hogan Taree City, 8. Ryan Beakey Camden Haven, 9. Jason Andren Taree City, 10. Brynar Ragnarsson Coffs Harbour, 11. Tom Freeman Forster Tuncurry, 12. Brett Pigram Nambucca Heads, 13. Shea Moylan Camden Haven, 14. Matt Long Camden Haven, 15. Nathan Bull Forster Tuncurry, 16. Mitchell Edwards Nambucca Heads, 17. Shaun Fensom Bellingen.