Townsville A grade Burdekin v Norths preview
Burkdekin will host Norths this weekend in the Townsville District Rugby League A Grade, the home side looking to get one back on the Devils after losing to them in Round 1 46-16.
The tables have turned this time around, with Burdekin at home they'll have a full complement of players available and a despite to bounce back from their 54-0 loss to Western Lions last weekend according to coach Ross Olson.
"We did play them in the first round, we were short on players then. We were in it up until half time but then they got away with it in the end because of our lack of numbers we had," Olson said.
"We couldn't even fill our bench we were that short."
While they'll have a few players back, forward Mitchell Guy will be representing the North Queensland Marlins this weekend, leaving a big hole in the Burdekin front row.
"We're planning on getting a few guys back, we are without our front rower [Mitchell Guy] who has been called up to North Queensland Marlins duty, so those will be some hard shoes to fill," Olson said.
"Being a home game we should have a couple of numbers there and a couple of option up our sleeve."
One option that will help Burdekin please their home crowd are the Corradi brothers Matt and Josh, who have been brought in to tighten up the defence in the middle according to Olson.
"I have got two specialised hookers coming in this week, I'm bringing them in especially for defence, they're great little tacklers so hopefully they can tighten that up for me," he said.
Norths coach Andrew Walters knows his side will be up against it with changes to their spine coming through, but believes they can get the win if they have the right attitude.
"We've got a lot of new key players in key positions so we're going to be clunky," Walters said.
"Things aren't going to be perfect but we just need to stay positive and work hard for each other."
"Josh Tysshing had his first game at fullback last week... I've called on Nathaniel Bowman to come back and he had his first game for the club, he trained for us that week and he actually trained at fullback and played at halfback."