Red­skins on warpath for show­down

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON michael. thompson@ news. com. au

THEY have had their mid- sea­son trou­bles, but the Ross River Red­skins are de­ter­mined to get down to busi­ness with fi­nals rugby on the hori­zon.

Last year’s Townsville and Dis­trict Rugby Union grand fi­nal­ists clash with their 2014 vic­tors Broth­ers at Ig­natius Park Col­lege to­day, a clash that Red­skins coach Gary Lewis ranks as one of the tough­est as­sign­ments in lo­cal se­nior rugby.

Ross River just got over the line against Western Sub­urbs last week­end with a 35- 26 win, and Broth­ers broke the un­beaten run of Teach­ers West with a five- point vic­tory in their most re­cent clash.

Mak­ing Ross River’s time harder in re­cent weeks – which in­cluded a 36- 10 de­feat to Teach­ers West – was the loss of a hand­ful of first- choice play­ers to in­jury, in­clud­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive per­son­nel Leo Pakome, Te­vita Maulu­ulu and Ru­peni Seru.

They will all be drip- fed back into ac­tion this week­end through lower- grade games, but are set to make their first­di­vi­sion come­backs the fol­low­ing round.

“We’ll have five to six rep­re­sen­ta­tive play­ers re­turn­ing

We’ll have five to six rep­re­sen­ta­tive play­ers re­turn­ing to the team in a week or two

GARY LEWIS, RED­SKINS COACH

to the team in a week or two,” Lewis said.

“We’ve suf­fered the loss of some key play­ers over the last few weeks and it’s tested our depth, but I’ve been im­pressed with how we’ve re­sponded.”

Ross River sit third on the TDRU lad­der be­hind Teach­ers and sec­ond- placed Broth­ers, who are cer­tain­ties to play fi­nals.

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