Round 6 of the Oilsplus South West Rugby Competition sees the Young Yabbies take on the West Wyalong Weevils at the West Wyalong Rugby Club.
The Forward Pack
The Front Row sees a change this week, with Will Munday unavailable, Ed Brand has had the call-up for his run-on debut for the Yabbies for the 2019 season as Hooker. Ed will be flanked by the regulars Loosehead Prop Hagon Williams and Tighthead Prop Tom Wills. The Second Row is unchanged this week with Hamish Kaveney partnering up again with Rowan Daley. A change to the flankers this week with another of the Yabbies' “Kelpie Pack” in Tom Hurley partnering up with Dan Parker this week to dominate the breakdown. Carlos Luna will maintain his preferred No. 8 position.
The Backs this week will be commanded by new recruit Owen Griffiths as Flyhalf, with his partner in crime this week being the one and only Michael Hudson as Scrumhalf. A slight shake-up in the Centres with Jesse Pittman unavailable, which creates an opportunity for Tom Kent to partner up with Nick Schiller, which is like to prove a very powerful combination. Another change this week sees Dan O'Connor moving out to the Wing, with his brother Beau O’Connor maintaining his position on the other Wing. This week, we expect to see Brendan Shoard sniping from the back as he takes a change of position out to fullback.
This week the Yabbies’ First XV will be complemented by a string of high-calibre substitutes including Ben Fuller, Jeshua Smith, Hugh Wills, Cooper Green and Ned Mullany.
Coach Ned Mullany commented that whilst there are a few shake-ups in the team this week, he's confident in the abilities of the players to adapt to these changes. "Whilst it's good to build up some continuity in a team, the Yabbies have a very strong squad this year and I am confident that the team I've named this week will be able to do more than just hold their own. After the big dig from the boys last week, we've just got an emphasis this week on maintaining our structures in attack and continuing to push hard with our linespeed and first up tackles in defence."
The weather is expected to be a bit warmer this weekend, with a top of 23°C predicted for this Saturday in West Wyalong, so it should be a great day to be a spectator. As always, a Rugby match means that there is a high chance of some delicious cold beers for Supporters on the sidelines and in the Oilsplus South West Rugby Competition it means that there is an excellent chance of some highly competitive and entertaining Rugby.
So, why not plan a little trip out to see some of the flatter country this weekend and head on over to see the Young Yabbies take on the West Wyalong Weevils at the West Wyalong Rugby Club (next to the Club Inn Resort) this Saturday 18th May, with kick off at 3.15pm.
Always remember - Saturday’s a Rugby Day!