Bulls forced to change with third on the line

BIG OUT: Tumut will be without representative fullback Josef Glamuzina when they host Albury at Jarrah Oval on Saturday. Picture: Laura Hardwick

BIG OUT: Tumut will be without representative fullback Josef Glamuzina when they host Albury at Jarrah Oval on Saturday. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Tumut will be without two of their best players as they continue to push for third place.

The Bulls have been forced to make a couple of late changes to tackle Albury at Jarrah Oval on Saturday.

Both Josef Glamuzina and Menzies Seumanutafa will miss the clash against the Steamers.

Glamuzina has not quite recovered from an ankle injury sustained early in the win over Griffith while the Bulls are also looking to be cautious with Seumanutafa after he picked up a neck injury against the Blacks.

Coen Potter will move to fullback to cover Glamuzina meaning Aaron O’Brien gets his chance on the wing.

Joe Ioane will come in at number eight.

Ioane was initially going to come back through second grade, after being unavailable last week, but Seumanutafa's injury has forced coach Morgan Grivas to change his plans.

“He was away at a wedding last week and we’ve been asking guys to come back through second grade for non-injury misses,” Grivas said.

“But when we have late changes to the side being able to call upon guys who know the system is important.

“He’ll come straight back into the side.”

It means Grivas will remain in the front row.

Despite the changes, Grivas is confident the team will put in a strong performance against the Steamers.

“Both of those guys recent form has been pretty excellent for us so it is going to mean a few changes to how we approach things, defensively especially,” Grivas said.

“Menzies is one of better ball runners while Josef provides a lot of support and positional guidance for our outside backs."

Tumut are looking to make it three wins on the trot and keep the pressure on for third place and a second chance come finals.

The Bulls are locked with Wagga City on 35 points, and Grivas knows how it is important to keep winning.

He’s also looking to reserve a poor showing against the border club last time out. 

“Last time around at Murrayfield we were really poor defensively in the forward pack,” Grivas said.

“Richard Manion really made us pay the price for that.”

Not only chasing a better defensive effort, Grivas is also looking for a better start this time.

Meanwhile, Waratahs have stuck with their new look back line for the game against CSU at Conolly Rugby Complex.

After switching up Xavier Chigwidden, Dan Selmes and Euan Bonner’s roles last week, coach Angus Macleod has kept them at five-eighth, outside centre and fullback respectively.

“I think everyone did well, I was happy with them,” Macleod said.

Sam Bunny comes back in at flanker after coming back through second grade last week.

Despite coming off early with a back complaint in the win over Ag College, Dave Armstrong will play at number eight.