Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Aim for return to winners’ list

- By CHELSEA PHIPPS

The Drovers are set to face the Albury Steamers this weekend, in their 16th round match in the Southern Inland Rugby Union second grade season.

It should be a chance to win for the team, who beat Albury 44-5 in their previous faceoff earlier in the season.

And it will also be a chance for a bit of redemption too, after the Drovers’ last three games, that have ended in losses.

However, the match going ahead won’t be 100 per cent definite until game day, says player Staci Richardson, given the ongoing COVID-19 restrictio­ns and implicatio­ns.

‘‘We’re not sure if we’re playing yet, Albury have struggled with numbers as well due to the COVID and restrictio­ns situation,’’ Richardson said.

Despite some uncertaint­y, he says the squad will still be going all-in with training.

‘‘We’re still preparing for a big game,’’ Richardson says.

And they’re hoping their previous issue of lacking players won’t trip them up too much either.

‘‘We have struggled this year to get players for away games but somehow we always manage,’’ Richardson said.

Despite a loss last weekend against Wagga City, the Drovers had an improved and more evenly contested match, and will be eager to showcase this again.

‘‘We’re looking forward to playing,’’ Richardson said.

‘‘Last week our forwards were awesome and played a tough game, so I’m sure they’re looking to build on that performanc­e.

‘‘In terms of gameplan we’re just going to stick to what we’ve done all year, we have kicked for territory a lot and tried to play in the opposition’s half.

‘‘But we also hope to retain the ball for a lot of the game as well.’’

And with the prospect of not being in the finals, it will allow the team to put it all on the line, and try out a few different tactics.

‘‘I also think that with no chance of making finals we can even try a few things that we might not normally do and just let the game come to us and enjoy playing together,’’ Richardson said.

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