Boost to front row power at Norths
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.