Quick clearance key for GRUFs? victory hope
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE coach Jon Dalton said quick clearance at the breakdown would be the key to securing victory over Biloela in their Rockhampton and District Rugby Union sub-districts clash today.
Dalton has identified efficient play at the breakdown as integral to his side's chances of victory at Rockhampton's Rugby Park.
'It's hard to say what we're up against without knowing what players they've (Biloela) picked up since last year,' Dalton said.
'But Biloela are always very strong at the breakdown so if we can compete with them there we should go all right.
'We've got to have a good cleanout and get there in enough numbers to clear the ball.'
Dalton said a number of positions were yet to be finalised in the side with several players likely to be given their chance to impress depending on the state of the game.
He said each game in the first round of the competition would be treated as an opportunity to learn more about their opposition's lineups.
'We'll go into every game in the first round with our eyes open and hopefully learn something about how the other teams have changed this year,' he said.
Dalton will look for big performances from experienced trio Vance Krahenbring, Anthony Groen-Int-Woud and Rob Wood as well as centre pairing Sam Carey and Damien Redshaw and fullback James Black.
Gladstone experienced a disjointed pre-season preparation but Dalton was confident his players would continue the progress made last season and start with a first-up win today.