Watch the pitch! - Amos offers teammates some Oakes Oval advice

By STEVE SPINKS

YOU can tell Amos Roberts has played on Lismore's Oakes Oval before.

The former Marist Brothers and St John's College, Woodlawn, student had only one piece of advice for his fellow NSW Country team-mates in the lead-up to Friday night's representative match against City.

"Don't run in the middle of the cricket pitch," Roberts laughed. "It's usually very hard."

Roberts, who will be representing Country for the second time on Friday, is happy to be back on the Northern Rivers where he served his rugby league apprenticeship.

"I was at Woodlawn from 1993-98," the Kempsey raised footballer said. "I played Under-18s with Brothers in my final year."

The 24-year-old moved from the Penrith Panthers to the Sydney Roosters in the off-season, but it has been a difficult transition.

The Roosters have not played to their potential so far this season and are sitting in 12th position.

"We're not going that well," Roberts admitted.

"That's why I'm a bit surprised I was picked."

Normally a winger, which is where he'll play for Country, Roberts has been starting at five-eighth for the Roosters in the absence of retired star Brad Fittler.

"I played five-eighth at school," he said.

"But I've enjoyed the change because it's got me closer to the action."

So did he think he would be selected at five-eighth for Country?

"No way in the world," Roberts laughed.



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