Marist Brothers fullback Luke Baker in action against Northern United earlier this year.
Marist Brothers fullback Luke Baker in action against Northern United earlier this year.

Fabulous Baker back

MARIST Brothers fullback Luke Baker will be one of three 17-year-olds to line-up against Grafton Ghosts in Nova Skill Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition at Frank McGuren Park, Grafton, tomorrow afternoon.

The Alstonville High School student is slowly finding his feet in the NRRRL after breaking his jaw in a schoolboys trial last March.

“I’ve played about six games now and just trying to work myself back into it,” he said.

“I made a few errors against Casino last weekend, so I’m keen for a big one.”

Baker will join 17-year-old Will Bugden (second row) and Blake Carter (halfback) as they attempt to cement a spot in the top five.

He is confident his team can win after pushing the Ghosts in a hard-fought 14-4 loss back in round two.

“I watched from the sideline and I think we scared them a bit,” Baker said.

“We need to grind the game out and hang in there and I’m sure something will happen.”

Coach David Krause is confident his young guns are up to the task.

“We’ve pushed Ghosts to the limit for a few years now and dominated patches of play,” he said.

“It could have gone either way earlier this season.

“They’re not the most brilliant or physical team, but you have to respect them.”

Krause was quick to dismiss suggestions that the Rams’ forward pack is too small to dent the Ghosts.

“We’re big enough and our young blokes won’t take a backward step,” he said.

“They would be confident going up against the Brisbane Broncos if they had to.

“Will (Bugden) is fearless and he doesn’t care who’s in front of him.

“Leon (King) is out in the centres as well, so we’ll have plenty of size out wide.”

Grafton coach Col Speed is looking forward to the clash after the 2010 premiers claimed first position on the ladder after Murwillumbah.

“It’s a great feeling to be back on top and a wake-up call to the top teams that you have to turn up every week,” he said.

“They (Brothers) have an experienced coach and we look forward to the challenge.

"It was a slug-fest last time we played them and it was a real credit to both teams to play so well in the wet.

“We’ll look to turn defence into attack this weekend and put them to the sword.”



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