Old boys showdown

JUST for all the Tweed Daily News readers, I promise to try and get one over on Tumbulgum's Luke Covell when we clash with the Cronulla Sharks at Skilled Park on Sunday.

We're great mates, but that also mean there's a bit of friendly rivalry there, and hence there's nothing better than coming up against him - a fellow Murwillumbah old boy.

I'd love to put a good shot on him and stand him up, or better still run over the top of him - he'll never catch me if I get past!

There's always a few playful texts flung around in the build up to the matches, but regardless of what happens on the field it will be good to catch up with him after the game, as we don't get to see all that much of each other any more.

It will also be good for the Tweed to see their two local products running around on Sunday.

But honestly 'Cov' isn't my number one priority.

I want to shut down and outplay the Sharks' number one strike weapon, Paul Gallen.

Paul is one of those guys that has a huge work-rate, takes the tough yards and puts his body on the line.

Having played alongside him at representative level, I can tell you his teammates thrive off it.

I'll take pride in stopping him - though he's pretty low to the ground which makes cleaning him up with a shoulder a little tougher - and I really want to out play him to lift the boys.

However the whole team must nullify the second phase play of the likes of Paul and Tupou, because that's where they generate their momentum from.

Otherwise we haven't really been concerned directly with the Sharks, rather on getting our own game in order ahead of the semi-finals.

Our defence has come a long way but we are still letting in a couple of soft tries, which we can't afford to do in the big games.

This week we know we'll have our vocal crowd behind us and that's why it's great to be back at home after a couple of weeks on the road.

There are times in a game when you're down and out but when your home crowd starts chanting it really does lift you and that's why we love playing at Robina.

And that's another incentive to set our home semi-final in concrete with victory on Sunday.

It will be a just reward for our loyal fans, who would otherwise likely miss out on watching finals football, as all the main games are played down south.

The team is going well and I'm confident we can get the result.

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