Injury headaches mar Cudgen?s top-of-table clash

By ADAM WRATTEN

sports@tweednews.com.au

CUDGEN coach Jamie Mathiou will give key players Damian Bryant, Luke Elrich, Korey Williams and Kris Sheehan every chance to play in tomorrow's top-of-the-table derby against Seagulls.

Mathiou rates all four "very doubtful" for the clash at Piggabeen Sports Complex, which kicks off at the earlier time of 12.40pm with the Tweed Heads Queensland Cup side to play North Queensland at 2.30pm.

The Cudgen players all picked up head injuries in the Hornets' last-up 50-6 thrashing of Mullumbimby, and will have late fitness tests tomorrow morning.

The game pits first against second and the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition's top attack (Cudgen with 690 points) against its meanest defence (Seagulls have conceded 226 points).

Seagulls coach Troy McCarthy watched the Hornets' impressive win last week.

"Cudgen can put quick points on you," McCarthy said.

"Craig Thurston is a good player, who Cudgen will want around the ball as often as pos-sible. We will have to be switched on when he gets the ball.

"Whichever side has the right attitude on the day will win."

McCarthy welcomes the versatile James Wood and second-rower Scott Gray to the side which beat Murwillumbah 36-22 in its last game, but loses in-form forward Luke Kelly to the club's Queensland Cup outfit.

SEAGULLS: Shane Hollands, Jeremy Walters, Jay McDermott, Tobin Cupples, Justin Carter, Paul Rolls, Daniel Evans, Matt Briggs, Andrew Cross, Mykel Hema, Scott Gray, Danny Maireroa, James Wood. Interchange: To be named.

CUDGEN: (From) Chris Rudman, Beau Buckley, Jackson Hardy, Tane Mulherin, Brian McCarthy, Craig Thurston, Troy Dickinovski, Damian Bryant, Nick Mobbs, Dan Donovan, Luke Elrich, Andrew Hamilton. Lucas Palker, Corey Williams, Matt Brown.



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