Stone starts suspension

Suspended: Danial Stone
Suspended: Danial Stone

MANNING Ratz coach Danial Stone will miss at least two games after he was sent off in the Lower North Coast Rugby Union game against Myall Coast last weekend.

Stone has been charged with swearing at the referee.

He was sent in the second half of the game, won 38-30 by the Ratz.

"I know I've got two games - I haven't heard yet if I have any more,'' Stone said yesterday.

However, the Ratz will welcome back Ben Northam, Chris Fitzsimmons and David Rees for tomorrow's clash against the unpredictable Gloucester Cockies at Taree Rugby Park.

Stone said he could have up to 26 players available for the match.

The Ratz and Forster-Tuncurry - last year's grand finalists - currently co-lead the premiership and Stone said apart from one game against the Dolphins his side was travelling along reasonably well.

However, he is wary of the Cockies.

"They have strong forwards - we have to watch them,'' he warned.

"If we don't they'll just rip through us.''

However Stone is confident that his backline will be too fast for Gloucester providing the forwards can give them a fair share of possession.


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