Junior Reps Round 2 Previews: Canberra Raiders v Cronulla Sharks
Friday 15 February 2013 2:28 PM
Harold Matthews (Under 16s):
Canberra Raiders v Cronulla Sharks at 1:00pm at Kippax Oval, West Belconnen Leagues Club
The Canberra Raiders Harold Matthews side will be striving to register their first victory of the year when they come up against the Cronulla Sharks this Saturday at home.
The Raiders went down narrowly 16-6 to Western Sydney Academy in round one although Co-Coach Adam Kyle was thoroughly impressed with the spirit shown by his troops.
The players’ positive response at training during the week to their opening round defeat has left Kyle confident leading into the match against the Sharks.
“The boys have been really positive this week at training,” said Kyle.
“What was great to see was that the boys have been out doing extras before training all week and the coaching staff has been really happy with the attitude from the lads.
“As a team we have worked on our execution. We felt that last week we got into pretty good field position but our execution at times let us down. As a squad we are expecting better this weekend.”
The Raiders played the Sharks in a trial during the offseason, disposing of them convincingly 48-12.
Kyle believes this may act as a double edged sword for the Green Machine in that whilst it will give his side confidence he does not want them going into the contest over-confident.
“While the trial result was nice, it doesn’t mean anything to us now. They had a tough game against a really good South Sydney outfit on the weekend and just came up short [losing 20-16]. So we know they will come here ready to play and we need to be prepared for the arm wrestle.
“Harold Matthews is a tough competition and we know that by staying in the contest will be key. We really need to focus on our preparation and making sure our execution at the right times in spot on.”
“As coaching staff this week we have challenged the players to stand up and take some responsibility to lead the team.
“We expect all the boys to be ready for Cronulla on Saturday.”
22. Nick Cotric
2. Steve Cummins
3. Trent Kelly
4. Michael To
5. Calvin Butler
6. Tre Williams
7. Lachlan Cooper
8. Connor Brebner
9. Jesse Martin
10. Sioni Afemui
11. Kalani Going
12. Jake Notaras
13. Kurt Michl
14. Richie Allen
15. Bayley Graham
16. Kody Parsons
17. Matt Sherer
18. Brandon Withers
19. Trai Henderson
20. Grant Hughes
21. Tyrone Nathan
COACH: Adam Kyle & Ezra Howe
SG Ball (Under 18s):
Canberra Raiders v Cronulla Sharks at 2:30pm, Kippax Oval, West Belconnen Leagues Club
The Canberra Raiders SG Ball team will be looking to register back-to-back wins against the Cronulla Sharks at home on Saturday afternoon.
Peter Marrapodi’s side is coming off a 24-12 win over Western Sydney Academy although the head coach was far from happy with the execution and ball handling of his side on the day, particularly in the first half.
Captain Luke Bateman, who scored two tries in the win, believes that the side will be a vastly superior outfit to that of last weeks after Marrapodi implemented a week of training designed to amend the minor flaw in their set structure.
“We’ve focussed a lot on our set structure and each individual knowing there role,” said Bateman.
“We’ve also been working on our halves and hookers being more dominant in getting us around the field. Last weekend was a chance for us to dust off the cobwebs so to speak.
“It was the first round and even though we’ve played trials they’re not the same as real games so we learnt a lot from it and I believe that we’ll be much better in the coming weeks.”
Despite beating the Sharks convincingly in a pre-season trial, Bateman is adamant that Canberra won’t be dropping their guard in this encounter, especially after they disposed of a talented South Sydney Rabbitohs outfit 28-14 in round one.
“Our trial result doesn’t mean anything at all,” said Bateman.
“Trials are trials, they are whole lot different to actual rounds and we can’t afford to take anyone lightly.
“We played really well through the middle of the field and dominated in defence against the Sharks in the trial so we can take some of that knowledge with us but I suspect that they were resting a few of their key players in that trial.
“They have a strong front row and are very dangerous down short sides so winning the battle in the middle will be a big key for victory on Saturday.
“Everyone’s trained well during the week, maybe a couple boys who didn’t think that their performance was outstanding last week might be looking to improve but I believe the whole team is prepared.”
1. Lachlan Croker
2. Lachlan Hurst
3. Cameron Booth
4. Cleveland McGhie
5. Thomas Cronan
6. Harrison Burey
7. Dylan McGrath
8. Jules Webley
9. Isaac Hamad
10. Luke Bateman
11. Tevita Pangai
12. Jarred McIlwrick
13. Jamal Nchouki
14. Terry Nimmo
15. James Pound
16. Jake McCook
17. Daniel Buitendam
18. Andrew Heffernan
19. Jack Williams
20. Leon Tupuola
21. Brett Solomon
22. Jack Hickson
23. Chris Hart
24. Cody Wynnik
25. Jiordan Fidow-Kele
COACH: Peter Marrapodi