Bega Roosters fired up for rugby league return

• Blake Robinson has been a standout for the first grade Roosters and will look to continue his good form on Sunday.

• Blake Robinson has been a standout for the first grade Roosters and will look to continue his good form on Sunday.

The United Fitness Bega Roosters travel to Eden on Sunday after a two-week layoff.

The club will face a hungry Eden Tigers side  in the Group 16 rugby league round seven clash.  

Club members said the Tigers will be desperate to get their campaign back on track after successive losses to the Roosters and the Moruya Sharks.

The results saw the club slump down the competition ladder, and a further loss could see them drop out of the top four. 

In contrast, the Roosters will be looking to maintain the front-runner role in the season.

However they face a tough ask as this will be their first game in three weeks.

Captain-coach Ryan Apps is fully aware that the Tigers on their home ground will be a tough nut to crack.

In their earlier clash this season (click here for the photo gallery), the Roosters were able to finish slightly the stronger of the two sides to grab the points at Bega.

Apps is confident his side is mobile enough to repeat the result, despite the club having their first game in three weeks. 

“Eden will be a different proposition this time around,” Apps said. 

“They had a few players out with injury, and the English imports had only just arrived back in town and were in need of the hitout in our last  contest.

“We have enormous respect for Eden and I will look to our forwards to lead the way again.”

After an intensive two-week training stint, Apps said the Roosters are fit and ready, but will rely on a team effort. 

“Our whole-team defence will be key to the outcome, and our linespeed is an area that needs to be on the money to keep the Tigers at bay,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Steven Luff’s reserve grade side will be in for a busy afternoon when they take on the undefeated Eden reserve grade.  

The Tigers are six from six, and includes the scalp of the highly rated Candelo-Bemboka side.

“They are by far the benchmark side in reserve grade now,” Luff said.

“But we will be going down there and concentrating on getting our game right from the opening whistle.  

“I will be looking for us to improve  in all areas of the game and, if we can eliminate our  errors and get our kicking game in order, we have some players who can turn a game at our disposal,” he said. 

The Roosters are chasing a win to cement themselves in the top four.  

Meanwhile, the Austbrokers Southern Bega Chicks face off against the Eden Tigerettes.

The Chicks camp is abuzz with the news that Kezie Apps has been selected in the NSW full contact squad.

Coach Andrew Badullovich said the news has sent a ring of excitement through the Chicks and the Bega club as a whole.

“Kezie has been a ground breaker for Group 16 women in rugby league,” Badullovich said. 

“And her dedication to training and her attitude towards the game has seen her reap the rewards.”

Badullovich is looking for his side to concentrate on their own game and is aware that the Tigerettes are improving with each game and will be a different task on their home ground.  

“We have had solid preparation for this game, despite this being our first game in three weeks.

“The team is keen to get out on the paddock and play footy,” he said.

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