Amos back to boost Cen­trals’ win­ning run

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON


CEN­TRALS are hop­ing to make it four wins in a row tonight when they play keen city ri­vals Broth­ers at Jack Man­ski Oval.

Scor­ing an im­pres­sive 26- 20 win over premier­ship con­tenders Bur­dekin last week­end, Cen­trals go into tonight’s Round 14 clash again with­out half­back James Red­man ( work com­mit­ments), for­ward Dennis To­mar­chio ( in­jury) and full­back Jesse Po­mare- An­der­son ( Cowboys un­der- 20s).

But the



re- gained a very handy cam­paigner in Clint Amos, who played his first game for Cen­trals last week­end in more than a year.

The for­mer Cowboys util­ity will play in the halves for Cen- trals tonight, adding valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence to a team that is fourth on the Townsville and Dis­tricts Rugby League lad­der.

“At the start of the year we were ba­si­cally find­ing ways to lose games, but now we’re find­ing ways to win games,” Cen­trals coach Dick Walsh said.

“Against the Bur­dekin it was a case of shut­ting down their back five and re­tain­ing our core strength, and we’ll be tak­ing a sim­i­lar ap­proach against Broth­ers.

“They’ve got a good mix of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence, so we need to make our tack­les and stick to the game plan.”

A win tonight will keep Cen­trals in­side the top four with eight rounds re­main­ing un­til fi­nals, and keep fur­ther pres­sure on third- placed Broth­ers.

Walsh said the in­clu­sion of Amos had paid div­i­dends against Bur­dekin, and hoped for more of the same tonight.

“He has a very calm­ing in­flu­ence in the halves and he just seems to steady the ship for us, and steer us in the right di­rec­tion,” he said.

Bur­dekin host Herbert River to­mor­row in a top of the ta­ble clash, and Univer­sity play Norths at Joe Baker Field.

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