Drovers face-off against Uni side

CALLIDE Valley Drovers are preparing to face a confident, full-strength University outfit tomorrow afternoon.

The unbeaten Drovers, currently in second place, take on third-placed University in round five of the CQ Rugby Union Thrifty A grade competition.

And Drovers coach Jack Wright isn't taking any chances, ahead of their second home match of the season at Moura this weekend.

While University is likely to be without 13 regular A grade players, Wright isn't about to underestimate his opponents.

“Regardless of who's in the University line-up, we're preparing as if they'll have their full side on the park on Saturday,” Wright said.

Wright will have his full playing roster at his disposal for the home town clash and while he admitted the form of some of his players this season warranted selection in the Brahmans side, he defended their decision not to be eligible.

Wright said the training commitments would be too much for a number of his players, who travel hundreds of kilometres a week to play for their club side.

“The travel makes it very difficult for players to commit to the training required to compete at that level,” he said.

“Our players come from a fairly big geographical area, similar in size to Tasmania.”

Players drive from Taroom and Rolleston in western Queensland, Calliope in the south and Marlborough, north of Rockhampton, to train and play for Drovers on a weekly basis. Brahmans commitments have hurt University's lineup.


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