Griffith have brought in some reinforcements but will be far from full strength to take on Tumut at Hay on Saturday.
The Southern Inland premiers welcome back Matt Vitucci, Dan Dowson and Chris Latu for the clash with the Bulls, adding some much needed forward punch.
Co-coach Nick Gleeson is still out with a shoulder injury, but is confident the returning faces will have a big impact against the fifth-placed Bulls.
“We have a few coming back which will help out a lot, mostly forwards” Gleeson said.
“Especially playing against Tumut, which (forwards) is their strength, having some of forwards back will definitely help us.
“It will help the blokes who have been there for the last couple of weeks that have been struggling to take more of the load than they are used to.”
The Blacks slipped from third spot after going down to Waratahs last week and want to regain that position before the start of the finals.
Finishing third enables a second chance in the finals, but Gleeson doesn’t want to risk his players too early.
“It will make things easier if we can get into that (third) position but at the end of the day we aren’t going to rush people back just to get there,” he said. “It is more important to have healthy people once we get there.”
Griffith came out on top when the to two last met to start the season but Gleeson is expecting both teams to have improved since them.
The Bulls are only five points behind the Blacks and can make up more ground with another win as well as secure their finals future.
To make things harder Tumut have been forced to make the longer trip to Hay, with the Cutters playing at home for the second and final time this season.
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