GUYRA might have a bit of added inspiration as it chases back to back wins for the first time this season against Barbarians tomorrow.
The Ghosts had a contingent of players travel down to Sydney to watch NSW end Queensland’s dynasty and clinch its first State of Origin series in nine years.
They go into the game fresh from a big win over St Albert’s last week.
Albies were missing some of their key players but the result emphasised what the Ghosts are capable of when they put it together.
Something the Baa Baas will be only too aware of after the Ghosts beat them 33-8 in their first encounter.
Ghosts coach Don Carruthers expects the Baa Baas to be stronger tomorrow.
As for them, they will field one of the strongest sides they have this season.
They’re only really missing five-eighth Jamie Vidler, Carruthers said.
He’s still out with a broken thumb.
“We’ve got a very strong side,” Carruthers said.
“We’ve got a very strong pack and one of the quickest backlines in the
Carruthers said it was a crunch game for them.
They can move to within a point of third and push possibly beyond catching for Baa Baas.
“The boys are primed and ready for it,” he said.
“If we can get back-to-back wins that’ll give the boys more confidence and strength.”
He said the biggest thing for them was “knowing the law”.
Knowing what they can and can’t do.
Their discipline has caused them a few issues this season.
Fitness – or their lack of it – also hurt them in the earlier stages of the season.
“The early days we weren’t fit,” Carruthers said.
It meant they weren’t able to run it out with sides for the 80.
But that isn’t the case now.
The focus for the Ghosts will be securing clean ball and trying to get their backs involved as much as possible.
That was where they did the damage against the Baa Baas last time, and even against Albies last week.
“We scored one try through the forwards and the rest through the backs,” Carruthers said.
The game will be played at Alcatraz (Armidale) and is the only first grade fixture this weekend.
Robb, Albies and Armidale all have the bye.