The top of the table and unbeaten Gundagai Tigers will want to make a statement when paying a visit to Harris Park on Sunday to play the struggling Southcity Bulls in round seven of the Group 9 first-grade competition.
Southcity haven’t looked like winning in 2022, and they will be heading into this match fresh off a 60-4 flogging, which was dealt by the Young Cherrypickers on Sunday.
Despite their perfect record, Gundagai are yet to put together a full 80-minute performance, and captain/coach Luke Berkrey will be looking for his players to fire against the Bulls.
James Luff will sit the game out after suffering a head knock during his side’s 32-20 victory over Wagga Kangaroos in round six and Zac Fairall will get his chance to start at hooker.
Latrell Siegwalt is back to full fitness and will start at fullback, with Corey Wilson shifting to the wing.
Apart from Afa Collins, the Tigers will also carry a very young bench, with Braith Crane, Jack Lloyd and Cooper Emonson all getting their chance this week.
Tigers’ line-up: 1. Latrell Siegwalt, 2. Jack Lyons, 3. Jack Elphick, 4. Damian Willis, 5. Corey Wilson, 6. Nathan Rose, 7. Derek Hay, 8. Jake Elphick, 9. Zac Fairall, 10. Luke Berkrey (c), 11. Tyron Gorman, 12. Blake Dunn, 13. Royce Tout, 14. Braith Crane, 15. Afa Collins, 16. Jack Lloyd, 17. Cooper Emonson.
Taggers to bounce back
Gundagai’s league tag side will be smarting after suffering a 50-4 loss to Wagga Kangaroos in round six of the Group 9 competition, and the young group will want to bounce back quickly against the Southcity Bulls at Harris Park on Sunday.
Southcity are winless through the first six rounds of the competition, but they did push Young all the way in round six, going down 10-8.
If the Tigers can find the same form that saw them beat Junee 12-10 in round four, the Jack Elphick-coached side should have enough in the tank to beat Southcity in round seven.
Gundagai’s Burmeister Shield side will also play in Wagga on Sunday and Mark Elphick’s team will simply want to build on some good recent wins over Young and Wagga Kangaroos when taking on a struggling and bottom of the table Bulls.
Kick-off times: 11am: Weissel Cup; 12.10pm: League Tag; 1.15pm: Burmeister Shield; 2.35pm: First Grade.