Bur­dekin chas­ing pay­back

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

BUR­DEKIN will be chas­ing redemp­tion when they tackle the North Ward Old Boys to­day.

The Cane­toads are lick­ing their wounds af­ter suf­fer­ing a hard- fought loss to Brothers, and with a host of ex­pe­ri­enced per­son­nel still un­avail­able through in­jury, they will be count­ing on younger play­ers to dig deep.

“It’s been a tough time of the year,” Bur­dekin coach Bren­dan Bun­yon said.

“We started off well but a lot of our blokes have been forced out with in­jury, go­ing over­seas and other com­mit­ments.

“But we have a lot of good play­ers com­ing through and they’ve been do­ing a good job.”

The Cane­toads sit third on the Townsville and Dis­tricts Rugby Union lad­der, be­hind lead­ers Teach­ers Wests and sec­ond- placed Brothers.

Less than a win be­low Bur­dekin are North Ward and Ross River, who share equal com­pe­ti­tion points.

The bot­tle­neck means ev­ery game be­tween now and fi­nals could mean the dif­fer- ence be­tween sneak­ing into the top four and avoid­ing a quiet end to the sea­son.

“As long as we stay in the top four and keep play­ing a pos­i­tive style of rugby we’ll be happy,” Bun­yan said.

“We want to keep that go­ing against Brothers, but we have to cut out the silly er­rors.

“Ob­vi­ously we want to hit back from last week­end and get some redemp­tion.” Ross River could present an un­pre­dictable chal­lenge for Teach­ers Wests when they clash in to­day’s other game at Mike Car­ney Toy­ota Park.

The Red­skins pum­melled North Ward 40- 10 last week­end in a re­minder of how dan­ger­ous they can be at full strength, while the Old Boys will be keen to re­sume their early sea­son form. Brothers re­turn to their home ground at Ig­natius Park Col­lege in to­day’s other game, host­ing Char­ters Tow­ers. TDRU ROUND 14 To­day: 2.40pm North Ward v Bur­dekin, Mike Car­ney Toy­ota Park; 4.10pm Ross River v Teach­ers West; 4.30pm Brothers v Char­ters Tow­ers, Ig­natius Park Col­lege

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