Fierce rivals prepare for battle

ST ALBERTS College will battle their university rivals Robb College tomorrow following their loss to Armidale Blues.

Albies’ coach Tom Newsome said gaining possession is the key to his side’s victory at Bellevue tomorrow.

“Against the Blues we just didn’t get any of the ball… the Blues did well to get the ball but we just didn’t get any time in attack,” he said.

“I think we are just going to play our game plan and focus on trying to improve on that every week and rather than changing too many things.”

This weekend’s game will see the return of a number of players following a series of injuries.

The side’s captain Sam Clements and James Perrett will hit the field for the college side this week.

“We have had a few injuries that has seen a few players out,” Newsome said.

“James has only played one game this season and we a really happy to have him back.”

Robb College head into tomorrow’s game following their 31-24 win over the Barbarians at Alcatraz Oval after they were defeated by the Blues in round three of this year’s New England competition.

Newsome admits that tomorrow’s clash is a game that his side likes to win.

“There is a lot of rivalry between the two teams and it is the biggest game of the year for the college boys and they are all really keen to get on the field so it should be a good day,” he said.

Meanwhile in the other first grade clash the Blues will play host to Guyra at Moran Oval.

Guyra have yet to win a game in this year’s competition but Blues’ assistant coach Anthony McMillan said his side should not become complacent.

“All reports suggest they are a very phsycial team,” he said.

“It is a matter of us knuckling down and not thinking it is going to be an easy game.

“If we play our structured game we have been working on at training… We should be able to come away with a win.

The Barbarians will have a bye this weekend and will turn their attention to playing the Armidale Blues in round six.

BACK ON THE FIELD: Albies’ captain Sam Clements will return to the field this weekend when his side faces Robb College.

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