Group 20 rugby league
The Bidgee Hurricanes will make Hay work for every point when the two sides come together at Yanco Sportsground on Sunday.
Playing their Indigenous recognition round in one-off jumpers, the Hurricanes want to ensure a team like Hay -and also Darlington Point-Coleambally in two weeks -that will be playing finals earns the right to stay in the top five at the end of the season “They’ve got to earn their stripes if they want to be in finals,” coach Simon Watson said.
“They shouldn’t be beaten by a side like us at this time of the year.
“I don’t know whether they’ll go like a bull at a gate or feel us out. I don’t know how they’ll play us.
“I think their structure, they play through the forwards and give it to the backs to run and see how they go.
“We’ll play it like the last couple of weeks. I think we’re just going to throw the ball around, but not go overboard with it.”
While the results have shown on the socreboard with a draw and a loss, the Hurricanes have played good football the last two weeks.
The first half of the game against Waratah Tigers was the side’s best for the year -although the Tigers surged at the death to share the points -and even in the heavy loss to West Wyalong, the Hurricanes played well and the game only got blown out in the last 10 minutes.
“(The players) are still there to see how well we can play,” Watson said. “They still want it, but we don’t want to be stupid about it.
“We’ll throw the ball around a bit more … it’s something we’ve wanted to do all season.
“They’re thinking now ‘let’s see what we can do’.”
Last time the two teams met it was a case of another one that got away for the Hurricanes and they’d like to get as many of those back as possible in the second round.
Hayden Crockett has been a boom recruit for the Hurricanes since then, figuring in players’ player results almost every week in the month since he started with the club. Watson said he has added spine to the side’s defence.
“I hope ‘Kopa’ (Kopalagi Alofipo) can play this week,” Watson said. “Seany Scott has had a corked thigh for weeks, but he keeps going and seems to be able to get himself out of trouble.”
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