Mackay Cutters Neil Budworth, Kelvin Nielsen and Chris Gesch train inside at Mackay State High School, due to heavy rain.
Mackay Cutters Neil Budworth, Kelvin Nielsen and Chris Gesch train inside at Mackay State High School, due to heavy rain. Lee Constable

Weather no issue

WHEN Michael Thomas made the move to Mackay, lured by our tropical climate, the deluge currently drenching the city might not have been what he had in mind.

The rain has not only disrupted the Skills Training Mackay Cutters' training, but it also put a dampener on Thomas's Queensland Cup debut last Saturday night.

Thomas, who played for the Canberra Raiders' under-20 side for the past two years, said it was hard to gauge what the Intrust Super Cup competition was like, given that it was pouring rain.

"But I think it is a bit more physical (than under-20s) because you're playing against older guys," the winger said.

"The pace is about the same."

Thomas, who hails from Lismore in northern New South Wales, played rugby union until he was 17, before making the switch to league.

He played A-grade for Ballina prior to linking up with the Raiders.

When the chance came to play for the Cutters, Thomas, 20, jumped at it.

"I've always wanted to move up north," he said.

"I really like it up here, though I'm still getting used to it."

He said though the Cutters had been forced to alter their preparations for this week's home game against Norths, he didn't expect it would hamper their chances.

"I don't think it will change too much," he said.

Cutters coach Anthony Seibold said while the disruption was "far from ideal", he was confident the team would get some quality training sessions in.

Last night, the team was at the Mackay State High School hall and on the agenda was plenty of contact work as well as some core skills.

 

GAME DAY

Cutters v Norths

Saturday at Virgin Australia Stadium

1. David Milne

2. Bureta Faraimo

3. Mosese Pangai

4. Luke Young

5. Michael Thomas

6. Grant Rovelli

7. Michael Morgan

8. Lewis Balcomb

9. Neil Budworth

10. Dane Hogan

11. Jason Schirnack

12. Tyson Martin

13. Jardine Bobongie

Interchange: Kelvin Nielsen, Chris Gesch, Zac Dalton, Sam Hoare, Matt Minto



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