Greater Northern Tigers Under 18’s take an unchanged side into Saturday’s Laurie Daley Cup
Author : Group 4 Rugby League
GREATER Northern Tiger Under 18’s take an unchanged side into Saturday’s Laurie Daley Cup clash with Newcastle Maitland Region at Cessnock’s Baddeley Park.
The Darry Rando-coached side beat Northern Rivers Titans 36-20 at Armidale Rugby League Park last Saturday, their second win three rounds.
The Tigers have an unchanged starting 13 for Saturday’s fourth round clash with only Joash Boney coming into the 17-man squad and Ned Chapman reverting to the 18th man confirmed Rando.
“We’ve got the same 18 as last week, just one slight change with Joash coming into the 17,” Darryl Rando said Wednesday.
“It’s a big game for us. If we can win this we can go to second.
“We’ve got to get a good start and go from there.”
The Tiger 18’s played well in patches last Saturday but gave up some unforced errors at various times to let Northern Rivers back into the game several times.
“We scored a try and then dropped it from the kick off twice,” Rando recalled.
“Then we kicked out on the full and made too many errors, just some little things under pressure but they are things we can fix.
“It’s up to the individuals.”
Rando thought the Tiger “go-forward” was “real good through the middle” and will be hoping for that to continue.
His front row of Jake Clydsdale, Mark Simon and hooker Harry Reid were excellent while secondrower Luke Smith also excelled, scoring two tries of his own after hooker Reid crossed for three.
Halves Pichai Dixon and Ethan Antzakles directed play well along with outstanding fullback Mitch Henderson.
Henderson’s attacking prowess was evident to all at ARLP last Saturday and he continues to be a major attacking weapon for the Tigers.
His ability to chime into the raids out wide or on the blind make him a danger as a ball player or a runner.
GREATER NORTHERN TIGER UNDER 18s :
1 Mitch Henderson
2 Billy Youman
3 Blake Johnson
4 Corben Hampstead
5 Alex Lawrence
6 Ethan Antzakles
7 Pichai Dixon
8 Mark Simon
9 Harry Reid
10 Jake Clydsdale
11 Luke Smith
12 Hayden Bull
13 Sam Fechner
14 Jesse Cadalbert
15 Joash Boney
16 Dan McMillan
17 Charlie Parsons
18 Ned Chapman
Coach – Darryl Rando
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