Lions may be tamer than usual
WITH a team as good as Urunga Raiders on the loose, nobody is jumping the gun and calling tomorrow's meeting between Coffs United and Boambee a "grand final dress rehearsal".
Although all three teams should be there at the finish and have a capacity to thrill, Lions coach Glen Williams promised a more subdued approach to tackling the Bombers in a meeting that deserved a capacity gallery.
"I saw the story where Adrian Pickup threatened to attack at every opportunity and I certainly saw them do that; we will show a bit more steadiness because it's still so early in the year," Williams said.
"Actually, we have no option other than to be considered in everything we do," he said.
"Eight regulars were missing from the side we put on the park against Coffs Tigers and I'm going to still have four or so out on Sunday thanks to injuries or blokes being away for whatever reason.
"The aim is to play with a good structure every week to help make up for unavailability to whenever the program of matches gets heavier than usual."
By that, Williams primarily meant Westfield FFA Cup commitments with the Lions due to play the local zone final against Urunga at C.ex Coffs International Stadium on Tuesday, April 26.
Midweek, the Raiders ended Coffs Coast Tigers' bold bid with a 3-0 victory.
With the playing roster in transition, Lorenzo Rigoni was one face Williams was tipping for a prominent role after strong early-season form.
"Hard to believe he's one of our seniors and still only 18 years old as he seems to have been there so long," he said.
"While he's only got a small build, Lorenzo has got to be among the toughest players in the team and gets through a mountain of work."