IN a bid to give his side more attacking options Old Bar coach Jason Morrissey has switched Steve Sansom from lock to fullback for tomorrow’s Group Three Rugby League match against Port City at Old Bar.
Sansom played his early football at fullback but was initially moved to five-eighth during Morrissey’s last stint at coaching in 2011. He missed last year as he was working in Western Australia and has played exclusively at lock this season.
“I’m looking for a bit extra in attack and I think the old fella (Sansom) will give us that from fullback,’’ Morrissey said.
“I’ll back him to score a couple of tries this week.’’
Sansom’s shift paves the way for Morrissey to bring Nathan Berry off the bench to lock. As has been well documented Berry now works in Sydney and doesn’t train with the team. However, Morrissey is confdent Berry is fit enough to get through the 80 minutes and said his experience will be invaluable.
Jamie Hartland will move from the wing to centre, to cover for the injured Aaron Bayley. Kyle Cochrane returns to the forwards after missing the last two matches with a shoulder injury.
“Jamie was a centre before he came here and he’s been consistent for us all year,’’ Morrissey said.
The Pirates have the opportunity to seal second place on the ladder by beating the Breakers. Old Bar plays last placed Wingham in the final round.
Morrissey agreed his side was disappointing in the last start loss to Forster-Tuncurry a fortnight ago.
However, he pointed out it’s been a long season and all teams get the wobbles at some stage.
He was just as concerned the Pirates dominated field position for the opening 20 minutes against the Hawks but couldn’t put points on the board.
He’s sure had that happened it would have been a different game and that’s why he’s looking for more variety in attack.
The Breakers were hammered by Forster-Tuncurry last start and regardless whether they finish fourth or fifth, they will be at home for the elimination semi-final, as they will play Port Sharks.