MISSING: Adam McDermott is out for the Raiders.Having stormed home last week in the Group 11 local derby the Macquarie Raiders are hoping to repeat the stand out performance against the Parkes Spacemen at Apex Oval on Sunday.
While the Dubbo CYMS, who they beat last week 30-20, may be the tough team across town the Spacemen are the competition’s “benchmark” according to Raiders captain-coach Matt Stott.
He said his team would treat the clash against the competition favourites like any other making sure they got “the small things right”.
He said their preparation had been “similar to what we do every week”.
“We’ve got a game plan for every different team and we have a game plan for playing Parkes,” he said.
“Obviously we are happy with last week’s performance but if we can’t back it up it won’t mean much.
“We’re confident we can do well as a side. We’re not saying we are confident that we are going to put Parkes to the sword.”
In their first round confrontation with Parkes the Raiders came off second best but they did manage to hold them out for the first fifty minutes before the Spacemen walked over them.
Wellington, Macquarie and the CYMS are all in third position and within striking distance of the first placed Parkes who are four points in front.
And if the Raiders’ sweet victory over the CYMS was anything to go by then Parkes would be wise not to treat the game as a walk through.
The Raiders took on the CYMS last Sunday with dash and crunching defence.
Forward Seaun Stanley appeared at his best and even opened the account for his team scoring a try in the first three minutes. His work boosted his teammates and by halftime they were out to 24-12.
One worrying hangover from last week however is the loss of five-eighth Adam McDermott, who won’t be running on for the Raiders after injuring his shoulder.
Despite this the captain said his boys would charge into the game “full steam ahead”.
“Parkes are definitely the benchmark in the competition,” he said.
“They have the ability to score from anywhere on the field, they have big forwards and good backs. We are getting ready for the arm wrestle.
“This game is very important. It is a crucial game to stay in touch with the top three.
“If we put the pressure on ourselves by losing these tough games then we will have to look for points elsewhere and we don’t want to do that.”
He said the team had been focusing on getting “the little things right” such as keeping “possession of the ball and playing our set of six right”.
“We’re strong across the field if we can put it all together,” he said.
“Everybody is looking forward to the clash. Everybody likes these big games for obvious reasons.”
Mr Stott said his key players would be Ash Conn, Chris Daley and Quinton Dickerson.
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