Black­hawks look to land Lay­butt

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

THE Townsville Black­hawks are ex­pect­ing to have five- eighth Kyle Lay­butt avail­able de­spite his travel to Can­berra as part of an ex­tended Cow­boys’ squad.

Lay­butt was named 18th man for North Queens­land and trav­elled to the na­tion’s cap­i­tal on Thurs­day, but could still re­turn to Townsville as soon as to­day.

Black­hawks prop Daniel Beasley is also likely to play de­spite need­ing to pass late fit­ness tests af­ter suf­fer­ing a mi­nor ham­string strain.

“Kyle’s avail­abil­ity will de­pend on his travel,” Black­hawks coach Kris­tian Woolf said.

“I think he’ll be a good chance of play­ing, it just de­pends on when he gets back, but we’ve pre­pared with­out him this week and we’ve trained with the guys who played last week­end.

“Kier­ran Mose­ley did a great job ( at five- eighth) last week­end and if Kyle’s not able to play Kier­ran will slot back in there.”

Norths have gone win­less from their past six games but have qual­ity per­son­nel, in­clud­ing Bron­cos con­tracted util­ity Jai Ar­row who has been named to play at lock.

It’s this type of qual­ity that has Woolf on alert for Norths, de­spite their 52- 4 thump­ing at the hands of Mackay last week­end.

“It’s re­ally up to us what hap­pens,” Woolf said.

“If we’re play­ing at our best we win the game.

“So it re­ally de­pends on our at­ti­tude and how we ap­proach the game, and if we do it the right way and play re­ally well we’ll get the re­sult.

“If we think it’s go­ing to come easy, we’re ob­vi­ously a chance of get­ting our pants pulled down.”

Woolf has also praised the quick im­pact made by re­cent sign­ing Jordan Drew, who will again play at cen­tre af­ter scor­ing two tries on his Black­hawks’ de­but last week­end.

“We were able to sneak him in be­cause Sam Foster was un­able to play and there was a bit of an open­ing, and he did a re­ally good job,” Woolf said.

“He de­fended re­ally well. He ran nice and hard and he was on the end of a cou­ple of re­ally good moves to score some tries.

“He’s cer­tainly shown his class and the value he will add to the team, and he’s go­ing to be a very handy ac­qui­si­tion for us at the end of the year. He’s fit in re­ally well through­out the week, he’s a good bloke and he’s got a tough at­ti­tude.”

To­mor­row’s kick- off at Jack Man­ski Oval is 3.30pm.

IN DE­MAND: Kyle Lay­butt is likely to play for the Black­hawks. Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

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