Lismore takes on Lennox in rematch
ANYTHING could happen in the Far North Coast rugby union match of the round between Lennox Head and Lismore today.
The last time they met was the 2009 grand final – Lennox won 29-17.
In the clash before, Harry Witt was suspended for six months for stomping; on top of that there were three red and three yellow cards in a spiteful game.
Lennox won 17-11.
And looking back to the first round of 2009, a wild brawl finished with Lennox colossus Jeff Wilson being sent off.
Lismore won that one 24-17.
The coastal team holds the advantage at this point, but Lismore has a new coaching regime, led by Richard Hughes, who will start with a clean slate.
Hughes was a spectator last year.
“We are not interested in any of that rubbish that happened last year,” Hughes said.
“We are going over there to play rugby; if they want to box they should go and get in the ring.”
Hughes’ men have had a three-week break, but it hasn’t been a walk in the park.
The Greens have been training hard and went away for a two-day boot camp to top it off.
“They are chomping at the bit to get out there,” he said.
Lennox welcomes back representative stars Jeff Wilson and Sam Stewart.
Paul Jeffrey’s men are undefeated through the opening six rounds of competition leaving Stewart to start on the bench.
It is expected that Harry Witt will retain his spot in the centres with Stewart to run in the 13 spot and Braidon Boniface to return to his preferred fullback position.
Premier referee Graham Cook will again be the man in the hot-seat as whistleblower today.
He has been in charge of the past three clashes and admits it got out of control in the second round last year.
“It did get a bit wild,” Cook said. “I will be very conscious to keep them focused on playing rugby rather than trying to take each others heads off.”