Colts Eager to Defend Home Territory

Updated: February 28, 2019
2019 NRL - 2019 Laurie Daley Cup - Bega NSW, 2019-02-23. Digital image by Keegan Carroll © NRL Photos

The Monaro Colts Andrew Johns and Laurie Daley Cup teams will face rivals the Riverina Bulls at West Belconnen this weekend and Monaro’s Coaches believe the motivation of a home game will help get their teams over the line.

Monaro Andrew Johns Cup Coach Brenden Bradley has been impressed with his player’s development since Round One is hoping it is something they can build on as the season progresses.

“They’ve improved from their first game to their second game which was pleasing,” Bradley said.

Bradley noted his side have improved across the board, in particular their goal line defence but believes his side still needs to focus on reducing their mistakes.

“They have had too much dropped ball and it puts them under unnecessary pressure so we need to limit our errors, especially against stronger regions going forward.”

The Colts will play in Canberra this weekend and Bradley believes this will help the team stay focused, with the added incentive of playing in front of their family and friends.

“You’re always hoping to make your home ground a fortress and get a win.

“Especially because there will be a lot more family and friends at Kippax this week so hopefully they can put their best foot forward and put on a good show for them.”

Bradley is wary of the Riverina side, who will be looking to bounce back from their Round Two loss to the Rams and is hoping his side will be ready for the challenge as they welcome back Jacob Steen from injury.

“I think they’ll take a lot of confidence out of last week and they’re pretty happy with the result, they had to work pretty hard for it in the end.

“If they can put in another effort like that they will certainly give Riverina a game.”

Monaro Laurie Daley Cup Coach Jason Kelly thought his side played fantastically in their 52-0 win over GSR Wests Tigers in Round Two and it has them excited for Round Three.

“We took a bit of a game plan in and executed it a lot better this week,” Kelly said.

“There is nothing like a good win to get your confidence up; we won’t have any excuses against Riverina this weekend I think everyone is ready to go, we can’t wait.”

The Colts suffered a loss to the Illawarra South Coast Dragons in Round One; Kelly affirmed they have been working to improve their execution since then and will relying on players like Jack Peppernell and backrower Willie Delamere to continue their impressive form.

“We have a game plan and a way of playing and when we do it we’re hard to beat but sometimes we go away from that and just get distracted.”

The Colts played at Bega last weekend before the Canberra Raiders v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs NRL trial match and Kelly says having a home game again this week against local rivals will be an advantage and a good spectacle for the crowd.

“Being at Kippax will be a nice, comfortable surrounding for us and the locals will be keen to get up and have a look at some good football.

“There is a good rivalry between us and Riverina as well so it should be entertaining on the day.

“No one likes to lose at home and preparation wise everyone will be a bit sharper.

“Playing in front of all their friends and family, it’s always a great day and an opportunity for the boys to perform well in front of everyone they know.”

The Andrew Johns and Laurie Daley Cup Monaro Colts v Riverina Bulls matches will take place at Kippax, West Belconnen on Sunday, 3rd March; with matches kicking off at 12:00pm and 1:20pm.

Both matches will be live streamed via the CRL Facebook Page.