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Bulls a big challenge for travelling Drovers

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April 13, 2018

Dylan Osborne will make a much welcomed return for the Drovers tomorrow.

The Deni Drovers will look to bounce back from their loss to Hay when they travel to Leeton to take on Tumut in round two the Southern Inland Rugby Union McMullen Cup competition tomorrow.

The Drovers got caught behind early against the Cutters last week, with an improved second half not enough to get them over the line.

With his side still expected to be missing eight premiership players, Drovers coach Joe Gogarty said the Bulls will pose a big threat.

‘‘We don’t play them often so they’re a bit of an unknown,’’ he said.

‘‘From what I’ve heard they’ve picked up a few quality players.

‘‘I’d say the Wagga Waratahs and Tumut would be the two clubs to look out for this season.

‘‘We still have a lot of players away and with the game being in Leeton I believe we’ll be struggling a bit for numbers at this stage.

‘‘But the core of the team should be there so I have no doubt we’ll be competitive.’’

Despite losing last week Gogarty said there were plenty of positives to come out of the game.

‘‘Much like last week we’ll have to have our forwards spend maximum time on the field,’’ he said.

‘‘This will improve their match fitness and put them in good stead for the later parts of the season.

‘‘We’ll have Dylan Osborne come into the side so that will boost our stocks a little bit.

‘‘From what I saw last week we’ll be competitive. We had some missed scoring opportunities, but eventually passes will stick and our decision making will improve.’’

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