Ag College bracing for Fijian onslaught

NEARING RETURN: Duncan Woods is close to making a return for Ag College as they prepare to take on Leeton on Saturday.

NEARING RETURN: Duncan Woods is close to making a return for Ag College as they prepare to take on Leeton on Saturday.

Coming off a rare win in Griffith, Ag College coach Will Mitchell is looking for his team to go to a new level on Saturday.

Aggies host Leeton at Beres Ellwood Oval with both teams looking to make it two wins to start the season.

After a narrow win to start the season before the Easter break, Mitchell wants a better performance on home turf.

“We are happy to get the win as scrappy as it was over in Griffith,” Mitchell said.

“It wasn’t pretty by any means but we did show in patches that we can play good footy.

“We just have to be much, much better.

“I think Leeton will be faster, stronger and fitter.”

With former Fijian international taking over the coaching role at the Phantoms this season, Mitchell believes Leeton will be one of the biggest threats this season.

They showed just that with a 36-10 win over Tumut to start the season, and the former Waratahs premiership winning coach is readying his new team for a big test.

“Marika obviously has a wealth of knowledge on how to play the game,” Mitchell said.

“They have to be up there with Waratahs as favourites for sure.”

“Leeton are coming off a very, very good win against Tumut and I believe they have a few more stocks to come in that started off in reverse grade.

“We will be up against it for sure.”

Despite scoring a big win over the Bulls, Leeton has made seven changes to the starting line up for the clash.

The majority of those are Fijians coming into the club after arriving just before the start of the season.

Mitchell put the team through a hard training session on Wednesday to prepare themselves for some bigger bodies coming their way in the round two clash

“The Fijian influence was always going to be a big one with big Vuni coaching,” he said.

“If it was Steve Larkham coaching over in England there is no way in the world any Aussie within 150ks wouldn’t want to play for him.

“I imagine it is the same with Marika.”

Ag College come into the clash unchanged.

Mitchell believes it leaves the club in a strong position.

“The guys do work well together and the more game time we get will be working better and better,” he said.

“Believe me there are guys pressing on the door in second grade, and there guys who are injured that should be playing first grade, so guys are playing for their spots.” 

Aggies are still without Duncan Woods due to a foot injury but he’s expected to be back soon after training during the week.

The club is hoping for a winning start to the premiership reunion weekend.

Members of both the 2007 and 1997 will be in attendance

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