THE Port City Breakers face the bottom of the table Wingham Tigers in Group 3 Rugby League action tomorrow, but despite their opposition’s lowly position, the Breakers know they’ll have to be on their game to win at Port Macquarie’s Regional Sports Stadium.
Port Macquarie saw how quick out of the box the Tigers could
be earlier this season when Wingham skipped out to an 18-0 lead.
The Breakers reeled them in to share the points in a 28-all draw, and Port City coach Ben Sprague said the fact the Tigers were last showed how tough the
“They’re a good, young side,” he said.
“They come out hard and fast, and they work well as a team.”
The Breakers will miss bench player Adam Atkins and winger Alex James for the clash.
Both are suffering broken bones, according to Sprague.
“Atkins has a broken hand,
and James has a broken toe or foot or something,” he said.
The Breakers will bring up two players from reserve grade to cover for the pair, but Sprague was yet to decide who would make the jump to the top grade.
Forward Matt Woods will again be central to the Breakers’ chances tomorrow.
Woods said he had taken a giant step forward in his game this year, and is looking to continue tomorrow.
“I’m really happy with how I’ve been playing this year,” he said.
“I’ve been getting a bit more involved with the leadership side of it. I’m only 21.”
Woods said the Tigers had a big side, and they would come at the Breakers hard.
The second rower would also like to extend his try tally of one this year.
“Yeah it’s not many,” he said.
“But I’m more about defence.”
Tomorrow’s match will kick off at 3pm.
In the other games of the round, Forster-Tuncurry plays Wauchope and Taree City tackles Old Bar Beach.