Local help for Heelers
ROCKHAMPTON Brahmans trio Jamie Blyton, Joel Johnston and Sean Kearns are preparing for their own State of Origin battle this weekend.
Queensland Country Heelers coach Terry Shiells yesterday named an unchanged line-up for Saturday's round three Australian Rugby Shield clash against the New South Wales Country Cockatoos in Narrabri.
The Rockhampton connection joined the Heelers' impressive 50-15 win over Darwin in Bundaberg last weekend. Shiells said all three players would again play a leading role this weekend.
The Cockatoos, last year's champions, are coming off a hard-fought 3718 victory against Melbourne.
Shiells said he would look to cut down the error rate in ball handling, but admitted it was a difficult task in a team that liked to throw the ball around.
"I was slightly disappointed that Darwin scored three tries on Saturday because of our mistakes, but that's going to happen when you have a team that likes to go wide to score tries,'' Shiells said.
"I don't think we played any better against Darwin than how we played against Perth the week before when we lost 19-12. "The difference this time was that Darwin probably weren't as sharp on capitalising on our mistakes.
"We'll work on tightening a few aspects of our game this week, but people who come to Narrabri on Saturday can still expect plenty of fast, open running rugby from us.
Kearns will start at openside flanker, while Johnston and Blyton will come off the bench.