AFTER being the hunted for years, St Albert’s now find themselves the hunters something they are hoping to change when the college rivalry fires up today.
Robb clean swept the encounters between the two sides last year and will head into today’s clash fresh from a good win over Glen Innes last round.
The student derbies are always hotly anticipated, with the parents’ weekend clash which today is regarded as the biggest game outside of the grand final.
“It’s the biggest game for these guys for the year for the regular season,” Albies coach Tom Newsome said.
He said his boys were keyed up for a big game as they look to turn the tide.https://www.cheapjerseysgty4.top
“I know our guys are certainly keen to dominate as much as possible,” he said.
“Hopefully we can execute our game plan a bit better than they do.”
That is the key word for them execution.
“We’re just trying to get our execution better,” Newsome said.
“I don’t think there’s that much wrong with our game plan.”
The breakdown was also an issue for them against the Blues,https://www.cheapjerseysgty4.top and their defence.
Both will be important to get right.
Possession though will be the “big one” today, Newsome said.
“It’s indicative of dominating the play,” he said.
If they can get the majority of possession and take advantage of their opportunities they should come out on top.
Robb coach Sam Ditchfield sees things a bit differently.
“Defence is going to win it,” he said.
“We’ve both got strengths in attack.
“Whoever can nullify the others best will win.”
Robb did that well against the Elks.
“Being able to keep Glen to nil up there, especially in the second half when they had the wind and dominance, was a positive,” Ditchfield said.
They have had a few disruptions to the pack to contend with.
As well as Tom Kent, who played his last game against Glen, they’ll be missing captain Will Archer and Hamish MacGuiness.
Both sides will be wearing special jerseys, which will be auctioned off for charity afterwards.
Robb will be raising money for Lifeline and Albies the Prostate Cancer Foundation and R U OK.
In the other game, Glen Innes hosts Barbarians with both sides chasing their first win for the season.
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