Leeton take on Black and Whites in Group 20

FENDING OFF: Leeton's Josh Fisher attempts to get around the Yanco Wamoon defence in their round one loss. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo.

FENDING OFF: Leeton's Josh Fisher attempts to get around the Yanco Wamoon defence in their round one loss. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo.

A bounce back needs to be on the cards as the Leeton Greens return home to take on the Griffith Black and Whites on Sunday.

The game was originally slated to be played on Saturday but has since been moved to Sunday to accommodate for those players representing Group 20 when they take on Group 9 in Kelly Cup.

Coach Brent Pike who is also involved with the Group 20 side said it was a common sense decision.

It sees Pike able to name an unchanged line-up from their loss to Yanco Wamoon barring any mishaps.

“We have five players in the rep side, so hopefully they can come through unscathed,” he said.

“Even if they are a bit sore from the night before the side will be better to have them in it.”

The coach knows what let his side down in their narrow six-point loss to the Hawks in the first round and he is hopeful those issues have been worked out.

“We were just too undisciplined against the Hawks,” he said.

“They were good on the day but we just gave away too many penalties.

“We need to make sure that doesn’t happen and that we are tight in defence. If we can do that we will be in with a good shot.”

Black and Whites are coming into this game following a narrow loss to Darlington Point Coleambally, so it will be a fight between two sides looking to overcome first round losses.

Pike knows exactly what the Griffith side will try to do.

“They are very fast and will attack at the ruck,” he said.

“Their dummy half (Andrew Lavaka) loves to scoot out and go for runs up the middle.

“They also don’t mind throwing the ball out wide to their centre in Josh Charles.

“He has some real quality and while he was up playing in Newcastle, Wayne Bennett was looking at him.

“To be being watched by someone like that you must have something so if we are able to shut him down that will really help us out.”

The day will get under way at Leeton No 1 Oval with the under 16s kicking off at 10am before with the main game gets underway at around 2.40pm.

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