Boost to front row power at Norths

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

NORTHS have wel­comed back some much- needed front row fire­power ahead of their Townsville and Dis­tricts Rugby League clash against Bur­dekin in Ayr tonight.

Joe Mua, An­drew Wal­ters and Algon Con­goo have re­turned from in­jury and work com­mit­ments to bol­ster Norths against one of the TDRL’s most po­tent packs.

Re­cent re­sults have seen Norths oc­cupy fourth place on the TDRL lad­der, and if they can re­main there they will play fi­nals football, which once ap­peared un­likely fol­low­ing a slow start to the sea­son.

Bur­dekin also have plenty to play for, given they are locked in a two- way bat­tle for the mi­nor premier­ship with Herbert River, who host Char­ters Tow­ers in Ing­ham tonight.

A win against Bur­dekin tonight, and then another against Herbert River a week later, would put Norths in the box seat for fi­nals football.

“If we can get two big wins in the next two weeks, things will prob­a­bly take care of them­selves, but it’s go­ing to be a big test for us,” Norths coach Jason Cook said.

“The last time we played Bur­dekin it was a very tight game and we led for most of it, and ev­ery time we play them it’s a very phys­i­cal bat­tle.”

Touted as a “team to watch” at the be­gin­ning of the year, Norths have en­dured an upand- down year fea­tur­ing big wins and heavy defeats.

But Cook is con­fi­dent the side is get­ting things to­gether at the right time.

Univer­sity host Cen­trals in another im­por­tant game to­mor­row, with Cen­trals less than a win be­hind Norths, and Univer­sity fight­ing to keep their faint fi­nals hopes alive.

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