Jets lose three players

Tweed Coast Raiders’ Paul Abric.
Tweed Coast Raiders’ Paul Abric.

BILAMBIL Jets lost another three players from the last week's win over Cudgen, adding to a horror run of injuries for last year's premiers.

The Jets play Tweed Coast Raiders at Les Burger Oval on Sunday.

The Raiders have their own problems after losing to Tugun 94-0 with 18 tries scored against them.

It's been a tough start to the Raiders' first Bycroft Cup season with their sole win coming against the now withdrawn Ormeau Shearers back in round one.

Jets coach Jim Lenihan said despite the results from last week his team expected a good contest.

"I think you are foolish if you go into it as a free win," Lenihan said.

He said the run of injuries was testing the depth of the Jets but replacement players were standing up.

"James Taylor came into the side and had a strong performance last week," Lenihan said.

"It's hard to build on combinations when you have players changing all the time."

He said on-field performances were good for the past few weeks but the team was a "long way" from the premiership winning team from last year.

"As long as we are working towards it at this point in the season then that's good," he said.

Tweed Coast Raiders had its own selection issues last week with several first graders having to fill holes in the reserve grade then back up in the first grade against the grand finalist's Tugun.

"We have a couple of injuries as well," Raiders president Bob McDowell said.

Mr McDowell said the team was fortunate to pick up some Ormeau players after that club decided to withdrawal from the competition last month.

"It was just a bad weekend," McDowell said about last weekend's loss.

He said penalties worked against the Raiders.

Topics:  bilambil jets, les burger oval, tweed coast raiders




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