PACE TO BURN: Gladstone player Brice Woodmass shows speed as he makes a clean break away from a Dawson Valley player earlier in the year.
PACE TO BURN: Gladstone player Brice Woodmass shows speed as he makes a clean break away from a Dawson Valley player earlier in the year. Nathan Brooks

Gladstone keen to get back on top

IT hasn't been a pretty start to the season for Gladstone Rugby Union Football Club, but this week's opponent Frenchville has not had too much luck either.

Gladstone currently sits on the bottom of the table with five points after winning just one from eight games.

Their Rockhampton competitor's track record isn't any better but they sit two points ahead courtesy of bonus points.

Frenchville's only win of the season so far came against Gladstone – a match that handed the team their bonus points for winning by four tries. Regardless of this Gladstone coach Jason Bell was adamant that wouldn't be the case today.

“They'll come up against a different side,” Bell said.

Struggling for numbers in the early part of the season, Bell told The Observer one of the club's largest problems was a lack stability in the back line.

“We've been fairly constant in the forward pack, we've just lacked continuity in the back and I think we will have that this week,” he said.

Gladstone traditionally has a good track record against the Rockhampton outfit – a trend he planned to continue.

Bell said Gladstone needed to create a strong platform in the forwards before spreading the ball for the pace-filled back line.

“Engine-room work in the forwards (will be the difference) and we've got the speed out wide,” he said.

The game starts at 6pm tonight at Rugby Park, Rockhampton.



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