Gun pair re­turn to take on Tigers

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

ROBERT Lui and Glenn Hall have been brought into the Townsville Black­hawks team for to­mor­row’s tele­vised In­trust Su­per Cup game against the Easts Tigers.

Lui’s in­clu­sion will see the re­turn of the Black­hawks’ gun halves com­bi­na­tion of him­self and Michael Parker- Wal­she, who have not played to­gether since the Black­hawks’ 46- 6 thump­ing of the CQ Capras in Round 14.

Hall was rested from the Black­hawks’ 50- 6 win over Norths Devils last week, but makes a wel­come re­turn to a Black­hawks pack.

The Tigers will field a full- strength side brim­ming with con­fi­dence af­ter their 18- 16 win over third­placed Wyn­num Manly last week, and will have the ser­vices of Mel­bourne Storm- con­tracted play­ers Shaun Nona, Mahe Fonua, Matt Duffie and Chris­tian Welch.

But the Black­hawks, who with Lui and Hall now have five NRL- con­tracted play­ers in their team to­mor­row, still ex­pect an­other win af­ter over­pow­er­ing the Tigers 40- 12 in Round 8.

“It’s ob­vi­ously a great pair to get back and we prob­a­bly play our best footy when Rob and Michael are in the halves to­gether,” Black­hawks coach Kris­tian Woolf said.

“Glenn brings a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence as well and he cer­tainly adds a lot to the side, so we’re al­ways glad to have those boys with us.

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It’s ob­vi­ously a great pair to get

back and we prob­a­bly play our best footy when Rob and Michael are in the halves to­gether KRIS­TIAN WOOLF


Hu- ghes trained last night and got through it re­ally well, so he’ll go back to full­back for us and that’s where he ob­vi­ously prefers to be.”

Jonathon Reuben is a late with­drawal af­ter suf­fer­ing a ham­string strain dur­ing train­ing this week, with Kyle Feldt likely to play on the wing and Noel Un­der­wood again shift­ing to cen­tre.

Hav­ing scored rel­a­tively com­fort­able vic­to­ries in their past four games, Woolf said he was rel­ish­ing the op­por­tu­nity for his team to get a thor­ough hit- out against the Tigers to­mor­row.

The match will be fol­lowed by a game away to the PNG Hunters.

“Not only do we get the op­por­tu­nity to take on two of the best teams in this com­pe­ti­tion, we also get to do it at their home grounds,” he said.

“Easts have been one of our great­est chal­lenges this year and will be even tougher at home and com­ing off some strong recent per­for­mances.”

To­mor­row’s game will be broadcast from 1.30pm on Chan­nel 9.

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