Cockatoos cocky about game
AGGRESSION, tradition and a love of the bush.
Those are the qualities NSW Country Cockatoos will call on when they face their customary City rivals at the Sydney Football Stadium tonight.
Lennox Head duo Jeff Wilson and Sam Stewart will be deployed as part of the plan to go back-to-back over NSW Suburban, and neither man will take a backward step.
Wilson, who will start at No 8 in the Waratahs-Hurricanes curtain-raiser, knows where his men have the edge and will be out to show the city-slickers from the word go.
“Not many teams can handle the aggression of a NSW Country outfit,” Wilson said.
“Our boys are right up for it so we will look to rattle a few of them early and let them know they are in a match.”
Wilson says the rivalry between the old foes runs deep, ensuring a fiery outcome.
“The city boys don’t really like country boys,” he said.
“But we like to have a dig as well and we will be giving as good as we get.”
Wilson has recovered sufficiently from an ankle injury sustained in last week’s win over ACT and can’t wait to run out in front of what should be a decent crowd building up to the Waratahs’ do-or-die clash for their Super 14 hopes.
Stewart, meanwhile, will start from the bench, but not being in the first XV takes none of the gloss off his representative jumper.
“It’s always an honour to get a run in the gold jersey,” Stewart said.
The hard-running centre has been on the Country rep scene since 2004 and knows well the possible demands on a bench player.
In the corresponding game last year, the Cockatoos lost a centre in the opening exchanges which meant Stewart had to play almost the full game.
“I wasn’t quite ready for that,” he said.
No doubt, tonight he will be.