RUGBY LEAGUE (Brisbane): Suzuki Brisbane Tigers ready to face PNG Hunters
Written by Dan Kelly for TigerTV.net
Brisbane Tigers Rugby League present the latest episode of League & More, join Gavin Payne and John Devine this week as they talk Rugby League in Queensland, the Intrust Super Cup, Hastings Deering Colts, and BHP Premiership competitions, and the Head Trainer, Mathew Williamson.
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It’s a return to action for both the Brisbane Tigers Intrust Super Cup side and the Hastings Deering Colts as both teams look to press on with their finals aspirations in 2021.
The Intrust Super Cup outfit face the unenviable task of taking on the Papua New Guinea Hunters at their home ground for the 2021 season in Bycroft Oval on the Gold Coast. Coach Jon Buchanan, fresh off a development weekend with Tigers feeder club the Melbourne Storm, was adamant his team must be disciplined with the football against the Hunters. “We need to control the ball, you’ll win most games if you control the ball well” Buchanan said. “It’ll be a long day if we keep handing the footy back to the Hunters that’s for sure”.
The Hunters sit at three wins and two losses to start the season with the Tigers a chance to move inside the top eight with victory over the Hunters on Saturday. Hasting Deerings Colts coach Mark Gliddon previewed his sides matchup against the Western Mustangs and warned despite the Mustangs winless record they are a team not to underestimate. “They’re a big side, big country boys, nice and tough” Gliddon said.
“We certainly won’t be taking anything for granted, it’s a long road trip up there” Colts captain Joe Gilmore also spoke of the Mustangs ability as a football team. “They stick around right to the end, they’re at you the whole time… you have to stay in the grind” Gilmore said.
Fresh off an impressive win against Wynnum at their last start the colts will have their tails up with a win pushing Gliddon’s side into top four calculations. “All that hard work we did to knock Wynnum off, it goes to waste if we don’t go up there and put in a decent performance” Gliddon said.
The Brisbane Tigers BHP premiership outfit were the lone Tigers representatives on the park last weekend with both the Intrust Super Cup and Hastings Deering Colts on bye weekends. The girls faced a road trip to Townsville to take on the might of the North Queensland Gold Stars going down 30-4 at Jack Manski Oval.
The Tigers conceded five tries to none in the first half before matching the Gold Stars in the second half with a try a piece in an effort that will be sure to please coach Adrian Vowles despite the first half.
Lock forward Kat Moore joined the League and More team and said the improvement week in week out has been impressive. “We’re a very new team, only six came back from last year so we’re building new foundations and putting the team together nice and strongly” Moore said. Moore spoke of Tigers coach Adrian Vowles affect on the group and highlighted his direction as a real positive to the team this season. “The culture in this club has changed enormously, hats off to him, he’s done a great job there… we’re one hundred percent behind him, he’s been fantastic for the club.”
The girls will face the Central Queensland Capras this Saturday at Totally Workwear Stadium at 6pm. While the Intrust Super Cup team head to the Gold Coast to face the PNG Hunters. Finally, the Colts travel inland to Toowoomba to take on the Mustangs.