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Tigers face ‘must-win’ showdown at Singleton

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The Greater Northern Tigers face a “must win” clash when they tackle the Central Coast Roosters in Saturday’s second round Laurie Daley Cup fixture at Singleton’s Pirtek Park.

The Darryl Rando-coached under-18s may also welcome back prop Jake Clydsdale for the tough game.

“He could be right,” he said of the talented Scone prop who was to have captained the side.

“We’ll find out at training [tonight].

“If he’s not, he should be right for the following week.”

Rando said the Tigers must win after losing last Saturday’s opening round 32-28 to North Coast at Wauchope.

However, a defeat might not end their campaign either.

“We lost both our opening games last year and still made the semis,” he said.

“I’m confident they can make it again.”

While Clydsdale might be back after missing last Saturday’s clash, fellow prop Dan McMillan, who rolled his ankle in the first five minutes, is out.

Billy Youman captained the side in Clydsdale’s absence and will be one of the key men again after a strong effort last week.

“We had our chances,” Rando said.

“Dropped ball and mistakes after we scored were the major reasons for the four-point loss.

“We’ve got to consolidate after scoring good tries.”

He also hopes the halves, Callum Dowell and Kaleb Hope, can dictate and control play.

“Kaleb is usually a fullback but we have him at five-eighth,” Rando said.

“We want to make it easy for him, too, either run the ball or pass it early.”

Meanwhile, the Tigers under-16 coach Brett Jarrett is hoping his young side can consolidate after a first round win over North Coast.

He said his forwards “held their own in the middle” last Saturday.

“With any luck, they can do the same this week,” he stated.

Back-rower Dylan Keane was outstanding last week, the Scone teenager earning the side’s players’ player award.

Jack Foley also toiled long and hard, topping the tackle count.

Sam Carr, Cooper Meldrum, Campbell Munn and Rory Barry also earned praise from their coach who believes all his squad have many and varied attributes.

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GREATER NORTHERN TIGERS ANDREW JOHNS UNDER-16 SQUAD:

  • 1 Cooper Meldrum (Singleton), 2 Charlie Merrick (Singleton), 3 Samuel Carr (Scone), 4 Oscar Atkin (Guyra), 5 Ryan Jurkans (Singleton), 6 Brodi Campbell (Guyra), 7 Jordan Hamlin (Farrer), 8 Campbell Munn (Scone), 9 Archie Dowden (Guyra), 10 Rory Barry (Singleton), 11 Dylan Keane (Scone), 12 Zane Groves (Scone), 13 Jack Foley (Scone), 14 Jackson Smith (Scone), 15 Nicholas Driscoll (Farrer), 16 Isaac Adamthwaite (Singleton), 17 Sebastian Sykes (Farrer). The 18th man for the Andrew Johns Cup side will be selected from Saturday’s development game against the Canterbury Bulldogs. Kick-off noon

GREATER NORTHERN TIGERS LAURIE DALEY UNDER-18 SQUAD:

  • 1 Riley Pennell (Scone), 2 Lewis Hippi (North Tamworth), 3 Joash Boney (Gunnedah), 4 Corben Hampstead (Singleton), 5 Jordan Whillock (Farrer), 6 Kaleb Hope (Glen Innes), 7 Callum Dowell (Scone), 8 Jake Clydesdale (Scone), Junuh Warden (Scone), 10 Jack Grob (Glen Innes), 11 Logan Spinks (Farrer), 12 Billy Youman (Narrabri), 13 Nathaniel Follington (Farrer), 14 Jacob Whitehill (Armidale), 15 Mitchell Cox (Scone), 16 Brady Roser (Scone), 17 Jasper Thistle (Dungowan). Kick-off 1.20pm

GREATER NORTHERN TIGERS WOMEN:

  • 1 Dayna Porter, 2 Tanika Darcy, 3 Shae Pemberton, 4 Jess Baker, 5 Hollie O’Halloran, 6 Amy Barraclough, 7 Bec Smyth, 8 Gaynor Blackadder, 9 Jess O’Brien, 10 Jess Robins, 11 Brooke O’Halloran, 12 Amelia Tunamena, 13 Annie Wenner, 14 Brooke Kingdom, 15 Toni Gale, 16 Kristy Toomey, 17 Alisa Tunamena, 18 Lucy Plowman, 19 Paige Anderson, 20 Lucy Prudden

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