GREATER Northern needs to improve its attack if it’s to win today’s Tier 2 Country Championship semi-final against North Coast at Wyong’s Morrie Breen Oval, reckons Tiger coach Darryl Rando.
The Tigers are coming off a 12-8 win over Western Rams in their first-round win at Singleton’s ResCo Park two weeks ago, a game where they scored just two tries, the second coming just a few minutes from full-time.
“Hopefully we’ve got a bit more improvement, especially in attack,” Rando said.
“Our defence was pretty good against Western but if we can improve our attack 10 or 15 per cent that should give us a good chance.”
The Tigers also butchered three tries against Western and were guilty of impatience, their coach said.
“We were trying to score on every play,” he recalled.
“We’ve got to be a little bit more conservative and be a lot more patient.”
His forward pack, led by Ben Haganand Daniel Ritter, set a platform against Western.
Young Greta Branxton backrower Brady Hammond also scored a good try from a Joey Griffiths pass and Rando is hopeful the pair can combine to good effect again.
Hammond came off injured in that match but returned to the park in a brave performance.
“He didn’t play his club game last weekend (30-20 win over Singleton) and should be 100 per cent for this game.”
Rando believes if his pack can create the beachhead again, his playmakers Joey Griffiths, Chris Hunt and Tim Smith can create the opportunities for the likes of Smith, and his Scone backline teammates Josh Adams, Justin Apthorpe and Joel Harrison to finish off.
Barraba Bulldogs have a representative in today’s semi -final - but he’s not playing in the Greater Northern Tigers sides.
Instead Beau White, son of Barraba’s mercurial shearing football star, Geoff White, is in the North Coast side.
White joined Wauchope last year after helping West Lions to the fourth of their five successive Group 4 titles at Scully Park.
He starts in the centres today and has to contain Group 21 stars Luke Gardner (Singleton) and Justin Apthorpe (Scone).