Students go into a must-win meeting against Blayney Rams

CSU coach Luke Kelly has labelled this Saturday’s New Holland Agriculture Cup game at home to the Blayney Rams as a “must win” match.

OPPORTUNITY: Jack Keppel and CSU can jump up the ladder with a win against the Blayney Rams this Saturday. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

OPPORTUNITY: Jack Keppel and CSU can jump up the ladder with a win against the Blayney Rams this Saturday. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

Every team has now had the opportunity to play each other once, and after the opening group of games CSU and Blayney have found themselves at the bottom of the ladder.

CSU started their season in disappointing fashion against the Rams when they gave up their half-time lead to go down 36-25.

That win has remained the sole success for the Rams this season while CSU’s only bright moment has come in a victory over Mudgee Wombats.

Both clubs get the chance to add a much-needed second win to their name on Saturday.

“We’ve got areas which we can exploit in their game. There’s not much between us. They’re a good team with big forwards and skilful backs,” Kelly said.

“There is a close feel to the competition and it’s the same in the top tier as well. Look at Cowra. They pulled off a big upset on the weekend. I feel the same can happen in any game for our comp.”

Just to show how close the New Holland Agriculture Cup is, if CSU win on Saturday they can jump from sixth to third depending on other results.

Narromine Gorillas and Parkes Boars are looking tough to beat in the top two spots but there’s little keeping the remaining teams apart on the table.

Based on their competitive run of close defeats Kelly believes it will only take a little bit more to start turning things around.

“The boys just keep getting better and better each week,” he said.

“I really thing we’re going to give it a good crack this weekend. We trained very well and everyone’s focused. We need that will and desire from the guys to just keep doing your job.”

CSU get a depth test this Saturday with both their Central West Blue Bulls representatives, Lochie Robinson and Lachie Buckton, away.

Harry Hunt goes from the wing to fullback to cover for Robinson’s absence.

I really thing we’re going to give it a good crack this weekend.

Luke Kelly

CHARLES STUART UNIVERSITY: 1 Jack McKenna, 2 Reed Jackson, 3 Marcus Burrell, 4 James Ostini, 5 Nick Klower, 6 Tom Graham, 7 Matt Dalton, 8 Kam Norris, 9 Angus Kennelly, 10 Jack Keppel ©, 11 Fale Liva, 12 Nick Plunkett, 13 Regan Hughes, 14 Joe Doyle, 15 Harry Hunt