Raiders set to clip Magpies' wings

AIMING to secure their first win of the season, the Tweed Coast Raiders remain upbeat and have retained there never-surrender attitude.

The Raiders clash with Lower Clarence Magpies tomorrow at Les Burger Field in round five of the Northern Rivers Rugby League competition.

It has been a tough start for the boys in green who have lost a number of players to injuries in opening rounds.

Coach and captain Matt Slattery said things had improved on the injury front and they hadn't suffered any more injuries after last weekend's local derby with Murwillumbah Mustangs.

“There are no injuries to report this week and everyone pulled up pretty well from the weekend,” he said.

“It wasn't too torrid a game and we had a pool session on Tuesday which went well.”

The Magpies are a traditionally tough team and were grand final winners last year, explained Slattery. “Things have changed a lot for Lower Clarence this year and they have had a big turnover,” he said.

“I think the players are struggling a bit with numbers which will make things interesting.”

To improve their performance, the Raiders had a communication skills session at training on Thursday. This game is the second home game of the season for the Raiders.

All the action starts at 2.30pm.

In other games, Grafton Ghosts play Northern United, Casino host Kyogle, Marist Brothers clash with Grafton Rhinos and Ballina face Mullumbimby, while Murwillumbah Mustangs take on Evans Head.

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