Drovers hit road to Griffith

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

The Deni Drovers will have momentum on their side when they travel to Griffith for round 10 of the Southern Inland Rugby Union McMullen Cup competition tomorrow.

It will be the Drovers’ second trip to Griffith this year with their last match ending in a 20-5 win for the Deni side.

The Drovers are also coming off what was their biggest win in recent times, knocking off Wagga Ag 91-0.

But Drovers coach Joe Gogarty believes it will be a much closer affair this week.

‘‘We’ll take a few things out of that win but I think we’ll land back on our feet,’’ he said.

‘‘Griffith are a pretty physical side and have the biggest forward pack in the competition.

‘‘Our defence has been hot and cold this year and last week we never really had the opportunity to defend.

‘‘We’ll need to be at our defensive best as they are pretty dominant up front.

‘‘We’ll look to replicate last week and get the ball out wide to score tries.’’

The Drovers will head into the game without forward Ben Howitt and pacey centre Drew Warren, who are both away travelling.

But they will welcome back veteran loose forward Dave Vella, adding some much needed experience to the line-up.

‘‘The starting line-up should be similar to the one we had against Wagga Ag,’’ Gogarty said.

‘‘The only difference is that we won’t have the numbers we had last week.

‘‘We should be okay though with the form that Ross Gardner has been in.

‘‘Ross, Dylan Osborne and Kayde Richardson are starting to link up well together.

‘‘We just need them all to bring their best performances consistently now that we’re getting closer to the end of the year.’’