Greater Northern fullback the X-factor

TIM Smith is the X-factor in Greater Northern’s attacking armoury for Saturday’s Tier 2 Country Championship clash with Western at Singleton’s ResCo Park.

The brilliant Scone fullback, who toured South Africa with the NSW Country side last year, caused a little concern last weekend when he received a head knock late in the 80-nil win over Muswellbrook.

He had scored four tries in the romp but went  to hospital as a precaution.

“I’m okay,”  Smith said after training strongly on Tuesday night at Werris Creek’s David Taylor Park.

“I just got a knock at the end of the game.

“I got a clearance –  it’s all good.”

That he will be a major attacking weapon for Greater Northern Tigers  is no secret.

Coach Darryl Rando also spent time on Tuesday working a few plays into the simple GN game plan.

They were “Taylor-made”  to utilise Smith’s brilliant pace and attacking game.

With Country going to Hawaii in July they might also steer Smith into another touring Country jumper if he can repeat his impressive efforts of last season that earned his Country selection.

He has scored nine tries in his last two G21 games too.

Greater Northern skipper Daniel Ritter plays with and coaches Smith at Scone and he’s seen how lethal the Country fullback is first-hand for a few seasons now.

“He is the X-factor with his pace,” Ritter said of today’s Tier 2 Country Championship clash.

“But we have players like Joey (Griffiths) and Chris (Hunt) who can create as well.

“We had a good run Tuesday night.

“ It’s a pretty limited preparation though. It’s just good to run through a few things.

“We’ll be using the individual talents and try to  defend well.

“The rest of it will just come naturally.”

Which is where Smith’s natural attacking instincts kick in.

His attacking bursts against tiring forward packs have created havoc for Scone Thoroughbreds on the way to their unbeaten run in Group 21.

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