Ghosts talk up their premiership chances

GUYRA president Greg Hill believes the Ghosts have the playing roster to win the NERU premiership this year as they host Robb on Ladies Day.

Albies’ Charlie Sykes will need to be on top of his game if the students  are to match Armidale Blues in a big clash at Bellevue Oval today. Photo: pixonline.com.au

Albies’ Charlie Sykes will need to be on top of his game if the students are to match Armidale Blues in a big clash at Bellevue Oval today. Photo: pixonline.com.au

Hill believes if they control their discipline and get some consistency they could make a late run to the finals.

Robb coach Jim Boland agrees to some extent.

“They have got a lot of good footballers,” Boland said.

“They just need to play as a side.

“Guyra are playing for their season and it will be a tough hit-out.”

The university holidays have taken a big toll on Robb, who were convincingly beaten by ladder leaders Armidale 25-5 last week.

With Robb still sitting nine points clear of Albies in second, a spot in the finals is a given, although Boland wants to make sure that it is a home final.

“The most important thing for me this week is seeing how we bounce back from that loss,” Boland said.

Turnovers have been the students’ biggest problem this season, a stat not helped by losing seven tight heads in the game against the Blues.

“We have been hitting the machine all week,” Boland said.

“We lacked patience and mental toughness last week.”

One player who did impress the coach is number eight Will Archer.

“He is an exceptional player who keeps getting better,” Boland said.

“He is the best player I have ever seen as a 19-year-old.”

Robb is  dangerous around the breakdown, with Archer joining forces with inspirational captain and flanker Tom Kent.

There is no love lost between the two sides and this will be the first clash since Soane Vaha’i was sent off and subsequently given a 52-week suspension for striking and breaking the jaw of Sebastian Dunhill.

“After the last game we know we can beat Robb,” Hill said.

“It was a controversial game but that is behind us now.”

“We need to show up and play the rugby we are capable of.”

Guyra has threatened to pull out of the zone next year following some issues with the NERU.

“We had previously complained about the refereeing and the zone ignored us,” Hill said.

“If they don’t take us seriously  they can’t expect a Guyra first grade in 2015.” 

The NERU didn’t hear Guyra’s complaint after it was discovered Guyra didn’t hold an executive meeting to lodge it, according to the president.

The other game this weekend will see the laddertop Blues take on Albies at Bellevue Oval.

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