Tough task for Tigers

URALLA Tigers might be meeting this week to discuss the club’s injury woes, while Group 19 has a meeting tonight to decide on the mess created by the recent referee’s strike.

While Glen Innes will push for the Group to play the minor and major semi finals on the same weekend, Uralla will be trying to determine how best it meets its commitments over the final few rounds.

The Tigers used a number of second grade players and Under 18s to bolster its run on first grade side against Goondiwindi Boars last Saturday.

Being beaten 42-40 after the bell hurt the Tigers, captain-coach Carl Press said.

“We’re going to have to have a meeting to reassess what we do with second grade,” he said after Saturday’s near miss in first grade.

His club had a number of second graders back up in first grade as well as a number of juniors.

The Under 18 side, which won after the bell as well with a 20-16 win over Goondiwindi, is leading the group 19 competition.

“They have three games left,”  Press said.

“We don’t want to risk injuring them.”

Some of the juniors have been playing three games, backing up in second and first grade to help out.”

“And we only have two reserves for them too,” Press said.

“But our biggest problem (in first grade) was we ran out of legs. We led 30-8 at one stage but then when big Saimoni went off five minutes before half time that killed us

“‘He’d been really good up until then. We had him on one side of the ruck and young Jake Brett on the other.

“Jake’s only 20 but improving every week and got our club points too.

“Jordan (Press) was using him on one side and I was using big Saimoni on the other.”

The Tigers play Inverell and Moree Boomerangs in their final two games.

Glen Innes’s injury woes also deepened this week with talented Nick Say to undergo an MRI today to discover the extent of a knee injury suffered in Saturday’s loss to Moree Boomerangs.

The second placed Magpies , who play Armidale at Kerry Mead Park on Saturday (not Sunday as scheduled on the website), are one point ahead of Inverell and two clear of Armidale. They play Tingha in their final round game and also have the match against Moree Boars (referees strike) to play.

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