Brothers expecting physical clash

BROTHERS are expecting fire and brimstone in their NRRRL match at Kyogle this afternoon and David Krause has his men poised to ruffle some feathers.

For what is traditionally a physical clash out west, Brothers boast the timely inclusion of pack leader Cameron Paine.

He will join a bunch of forwards keen to get stuck into the Turkeys after an impressive opening victory over Northern United.

Krause has his men primed to please again.

“Kyogle is always a massive game for us,” Krause said.

“It never seems to matter how we are going or how they are going, they always fire up and try to give it to us.”

Krause has had to deal with the loss of his hooker and halfback through the week, but found willing replacements to deploy to the front line.

Simon Andrews will start the match and complete a quartet of men who love the physical battle.

“Blokes like Darrell Butcher, Harry Dawson and Luke Pettit really enjoy the confrontation, so no doubt we will be up for the clash,” Krause said.

Jack Woods, who won players’ player last week from the hooking role, will sit out the match after copping a head knock, with Rod McFarlane to step in.

“Jack was great last week but we had to rest him as a precaution,” Krause said.

Krause’s men took plenty from knocking off Northern United for the first time and he says the only way is up for his squad.

“It was a really good confidence boost,” he said.

“It reaffirmed what we have been trying to do in the trials and training so the club is on a positive high.”

Kyogle will be smarting after being outclassed by Ballina in the first round, but are a work in progress after a host of off-season changes.

Kick-off is at 3pm at New Park, Kyogle.

Ballina Seagulls face their first road trip of the season tomorrow when they travel down the Pacific Highway to take on the Rhinos at Grafton.

The Seagulls have had an interrupted lead-up with four players on rep duty, but assistant coach Greg Barnes isn’t fazed.

“The great thing this year is that we have about 24 signed up for reserves,” Barnes said.

“So whatever happens with the rep boys we have plenty of cover.”

Barnes has been able to name an almost unchanged line-up with John Freeman’s inclusion in the starting side at the expense of Abe Crawford the only change.

Barnes sees the Rhinos as an unknown quantity.

“With all the focus on the Ghosts we don’t really know much about the Rhinos, but they always serve up a good show,” he said.

In other games, Mullumbimby host Tweed Coast at 4.15pm today; Murwillumbah and Lower Clarence clash at Murwillumbah at 2.45pm tomorrow; while Cudgen face a tough task against Ghosts at Kingscliff from 2.45pm. Northern United and Casino played last night.

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