Nomads to maul Bulldogs

Nomads’ Omphile Temoso earlier this season.THE New England Nomads will head to Gunnedah to face the Bulldogs for the second time in three weeks.

The last time the two sides met the Nomads suffered a heart-breaking 131-106 defeat.

The Bulldogs went into the match with a poor record but the Nomads were unable to capitalise on this.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s game Nomad’s player-coach Tom Granleese said his team is out to seek revenge.

“We are a stronger team and this weekend we are looking to prove that,” he said.

The Nomads have suffered a string of losses including last week’s thrashing against Inverell 139-34.

Granleese said their current run of losses has been a result of the absence of a number of key players and a little bit of bad luck.

“The last few games some things seemed out of our control.”

“Last week we lost Weston Whitby after the first quarter because his girlfriend went into labour, and these types of instances have not helped us on the field.”

The Nomads tend to rely heavily on players who are known for their speed on the field and have suffered from their recent absence.

“We have had a number of guys away because of the uni break and they are our big hitters,” Granleese said.

“Having the likes of Cam Grigg, Benji Julian and David Graan back on the paddock will help our game a lot.”

The last few weeks has seen the Nomads focus on improving their fitness to try and play a more running-based game.

“We have been really work on our fitness, so we don’t have to rely solely on faster players,” Granleese said.

Now that the Nomads are able to field a full team, they are looking to claim their stake in the competition.

“Hopefully, we can restore a bit of order against Gunnedah.”

The Nomads are currently sitting equal second with the Tamworth Kangaroos behind the Inverell Saints.

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