The Kempsey Cannonballs first grade side will head into their “must-win” game against the Port Macquarie Pirates with a new structure.
The Cannonballs have been playing with a three pod system but with their inability to reach their full potential and after suffering a couple of tight losses, they have reverted back to a two pod system.
The change simplifies the role for the forwards.
“We couldn’t seem to find our feet in the new structure,” Cannonballs outside centre Matt South said.
“It will stops the forwards having to run side to side all day.”
South believes on the back of the new formation, the forwards will keep fresh legs and the backline will be able to get the ball earlier and do some damage on the score board.
“If we stick to our structure, we should be able to dominate in the forward pack and create space out wide for some of our strike players,” he said.
South is returning after a one game absence with a thumb injury and is expected to partner Braden Farrawell in the centres.
Farrawell moved from the forwards to the backline in his last start and constantly threatened the opposition, breaking the line on multiple occasions and crossing for a try.
Youngster Tyler Allan is expected to retain his spot in the number 10 jersey after making his debut for first grade against the Southern Cross University Marlins a fortnight ago.
Allan showed glimpses of brilliance in a match that the Marlins dominated possession.
The Cannonballs are hopeful South isn’t the only player to make his return on Saturday.
Tasi Afoa, Iulio Tavete, Daniel Mills and Jesse Ball are a chance of making their returns against the Pirates.
The return of Afoa, Mills and Ball would boost a depleted forward pack while Tavete provides the side with x-factor in attack.
“Saturday is a must-win game for us given our position on the table,” South said.
“It would be a huge addition to our side to have them back on the field.”
The Cannonballs first grade side kick off against the Port Macquarie Pirates at 3pm on Saturday.