Northern Rivers coach excited about his 'game breakers'
HAVING game-breakers Roy Bell and Mitchell Krause on the field at the same time is just one thing Northern Rivers representative rugby league coach Scott Sattleris excited about.
Bell is playing halfback while Krause will be at fullback when the representative side plays the Northern Tigers at Moree tomorrow.
It is the first round of the Tier 1 Country Rugby League senior championship.
The 2013 Northern Rivers team was given a major overhaul with Bell one of only a few players from last year selected again.
Krause is one of the 10 new players to have been picked and will definitely back himself at this level.
"I'm really excited to see Roy Bell and Mitchell Krause play together in the same team," Sattler said.
"Krause is one of the quickest players I've seen and we all know what Roy can do.
"We have a young, fast, enthusiastic and aggressive team.
"My focus is not just being competitive; we want to win it this year.
"The team hasn't had a lot of success in recent years and we decided to give some young blokes a go."
The team had its final training session on Wednesday night and will leave for Moree this morning.
Ballina players Kane Montgomery and Simon Perkins pulled out of the side with Marist Brothers second-rower Brendan Wall added to the bench.
Kyogle winger Jone Macalai was also a late withdrawal with Murwillumbah centre Sio Alefosio taking his place in the run-on side.
Ballina front-rower Greg Ryan will captain the team and Sattler expects big things from Grafton Ghosts debutant Ben McLennan.
"We have a good balance of players and everyone believes in what we're trying to achieve," Sattler said.
"I was pleased with the preparation and we've been lucky with injuries.
"I had a chat to the players about how impressed I am and how refreshing it's been.
"I don't know too much about the other team but we'll just worry about our own game plan."
If Northern Rivers beat the Tigers, they will meet Newcastle on June 15 and a win there would earn a spot in the final on June 29.
NORTHERN RIVERS TEAM
Fullback, Mitchell Krause; wingers, Joel Moss, Sio Alefosio; centres, Luke Simpson, Todd Johnson; five-eighth, Jared De Thierry; halfback, Roy Bell; props, Greg Ryan, Simon Kelly; hooker, Andrew Battese; second-rowers, Aaron Hartmann, Ryan Danvers; lock, Ben Webber: Bench: Brett Harvey, Ben McLennan, Brendan Wall, Paul O'Neill, Darryl Butcher, Kobi Mills.