Mackay Cutters skipper Cooper Bambling talks strategy with halfback Sam Cook during the most recent home game against the Townsville Blackhawks.
Mackay Cutters skipper Cooper Bambling talks strategy with halfback Sam Cook during the most recent home game against the Townsville Blackhawks. Callum Dick

Bambling benched for Wynnum test

MACKAY Cutters skipper Cooper Bambling will come off the bench against the Wynnum Manly Seagulls in Cloncurry this weekend.

Cutters coach Steve Sheppard continued to play returning halves pairing Bambling and Lloyd White on limited minutes in last weekend's win over the CQ Capras, however White's sparkling form proved he is ready to shoulder 80 minutes.

White was yesterday named to start at six alongside halfback Sam Cook, with Jayden Hodges at hooker and Bambling on the bench.

"Lloyd was very good. He had a hand in two tries and scored one himself,” Sheppard said.

"I like Lloyd's composure there. His experience is important for us. Cooky and Lloyd I think have good heads on their shoulders.”

Sheppard used Bambling to spell Hodges at hooker against the Capras and he intends to take a similar approach moving forward.

"He'll give Hodgeo a rest and act as our utility. Coop offers us a lot out of dummy half,” Sheppard said.

Another positional switch Sheppard appears happy to keep is the swap of Carlin Anderson and Paul Byrnes to the wing and fullback respectively.

Byrnes will again start in the number one while Anderson, who shined against the Capras with two tries and four conversions, will stay on the wing.

"I think they both fit how we want to play, better in those positions,” Sheppard said.

Mackay Cutters: 1. Pauli Byrnes 2. Yamba Bowie 3. Dan Russell 4. Marcus Jensen 5. Carlin Anderson 6. Lloyd White 7. Sam Cook 8. Emry Pere 9. Jayden Hodges 10. Alex Gerard 11. John O'Brien 12. Ross Bella 13. Jordan Kenworthy 14. Cooper Bambling (c) 15. Dave Munro 16. Kell Jenner 17. Jack Brock 18. Sam Johnstone



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