What have Mustangs done to deserve this?

IT'S a case of all fit hands on deck for the Murwillumbah Mustangs as the club battles through one of the toughest schedules in the Northern Rivers regional Rugby League.

Due to games having been disrupted by bad weather, the Mustangs travelled to Lower Clarence last Sunday to take on the Magpies, head back to Grafton this afternoon to play the Rhinos, before a Wednesday night game in Murwillumbah against Evans Head.

It's no wonder Murwillumbah coach Brad Purtell is wondering what the club has done to deserve such a demanding schedule.

It doesn't get any easier for Purtell with a growing injury toll.

“It's the worst I have ever seen in club - the number of guys we have out due to injury,” Purtell said.

“We have lost prop Dean Anderson who has broken his hand again, back rower Nick Forrester is under an injury cloud, centre Richard Squires is out, as is Richard Arrowsmith, and we are having to call on our reserve grade which makes life tough for them as well.

“Still it will be a case of just getting through this week and trying to catch our breath after next Wednesday night.

“I know all our players will give 100 percent regardless.”

If there is a silver lining, it is that after the Rhinos match, the Mustangs are finished with lengthy journeys.

The action kicks off in Grafton this afternoon with the under-18s at 2pm and the A grade around 5pm.

Next Wednesday night at Stan Sercombe Oval, the under-18s will kick off at 6pm followed by reserve grade and than the A grade.

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