Seagulls to challenge premiers

TANNUM Sands coach Gary Larson will look for his side to respond to a challenge when they take on a rampant Brothers outfit in tonight's Gladstone and District Rugby League A grade clash at Dennis Park.

The Seagulls go into the clash minus injured halfback Damien Major (shoulder) prop Brendan Rea (calf muscle) while fullback Greg Smith will also miss the match after suffering an allergic reaction to strapping.

It is not a match in which to be understrength with Larson having come away impressed after viewing Brothers defeat Wallabys on Sunday.

'Brothers are a big side up front and they have some speed out wide,' Larson said yesterday.

'I've given info to the blokes about (Brothers') key players and it's now up to them to take that on board to overcome their danger men.

Although disappointed to not be at full strength for a match he rates as an important test for his side, Larson would prefer to have injuries at this time of the year than late in the season.

'It's not good to be hit by a few injuries in a game like this that we want to be competitive in,'' Larson said.

'But we're not in the grand final now ? that's the way I'm looking at it.'

Despite the injuries, Larson was still confident his Seagulls outfit would be tough to beat.

At Marley Brown Oval tomorrow, Valleys will chase their first win of the season against Biloela.

Tonight at Dennis Park: Tannum Sands v Brothers ? 4pm under-19, 5.30pm reserve grade, 7pm A grade. Tomorrow at Marley Brown Oval: Valleys v Biloela ? midday under-19, 1.30pm reserve grade, 3pm A grade.

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