Cowra will field its strongest side of the season on Saturday and Eagles five-eight Bill Cummins says playing smart will give his side a big opportunity to post their first victory.
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Cummins talked up Cowra’s hopes ahead of their round four Blowes Clothing Cup clash against an undefeated Bathurst Bulldogs side, and said smart footy is key if the Eagles are to open their account.
“We’re looking really good for this weekend. We’ll be fielding probably the best side we have all season.
“We have to play smart. I think they might be missing a few numbers from what I’ve heard. So we have to play to smart footy that’s the key.”
It’s been a disrupted first month of football, due to two bye rounds, and Cowra’s made a slow start losing games against Orange City, Parkes Boars and Orange Emus.
The schedule hasn’t made an impact in the Eagles camp, according to Cummins, in fact the extra few weeks has given the side time to gel and prepare for a surge up the ladder during the middle of the season.
“To be honest it’s probably been a good thing for us. It’s given us a bit of time to get a few of the new blokes settled in,” he said.
“If anything it’s been a bonus. The good thing now is we can start training with our full strength squad and start moving forward.”
This Saturday, Cummins has put the heat on his forwards saying the backs will reap the benefits if the big men can get rolling forward.
In regards to playing smart, Cummins wants to see the Eagles keep possession and dictate the run of play.
A dangerous ball runner himself, Cummins’ plan is to utilise Eagles gun John Grant a bit more this week and into the rest of their campaign.
“He [John Grant] has a lot of speed so I want to see him running the ball a bit more outwide. That’d be the plan.”
Cowra hosts the Bathurst Bulldogs from 3.15pm.
Meanwhile, Cowra’s women’s rugby coaches Aaron Crowe and Michelle Munro have taken the reins of the Eagles’ second grade side for the remainder of the 2017 campaign.
Crowe and Munro have had massive success with the women’s sid, who are looking in good stead again this year, and their appointment comes as a huge boost.
The club is also in the midst of organising a number of social events including ladies’ day on May 20. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at The Closet and Landmark.
This Saturday, following the first grade match, the club is hosting its major sponsor pub night. The club encourages everyone to come to the Imperial Hotel to have a drink and some food with the players. The rugby clubhouse will shut at 6.15pm.
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