Change of game plan for Blacks

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WRAPPED UP: Ratu Talaki is brought down by a pair of Waratahs defenders.

After their 47-point drubbing at the hands of the Waratahs, the Blacks haven taken a different tact at training this week in preparation for their Southern Inland Rugby Union match against Leeton at the Exies Oval on Friday night.

Griffith coach Willie de Meyer said complacency cost his players last week and he wasn’t going to let that happen again.

de Meyer has tinkered with the game plan in the hope of stopping another routing.

“A slightly different changeof game plan is required,” de Meyer said when asked how his side would turn last week’s performance around.

“And that’s what they did a little bit of work on at last night’s [Tuesday]training.

“[There was] alot more on contact, support and playingmore like a single unit instead of, say, two or three smaller units.”

Whilst Griffith’s defence was a problem last week, their attack has been more than satisfactory.

The Blacks still managed 24 points against the Waratahs last week along with the 57 they scored the week before against CSU.

Once again, de Meyer has his side primed for attack in almost any situation

“We’ve got two different platforms theforwards can lay for the backline,” de Meyer said.

“The backline isa pretty good strike force and the forwards have the ability to start off the game using one and depending what the opposition throw at them they can change that and adapt.

“We should be able to counter and assert ourselves depending which format we decide to use.”

The fact that the Blacks are playing traditional rivals the Leeton Phantoms hasn’t been missed by de Meyer either.

The third-placed Phantoms sit one spot and two points in front of the Blacks.

Leeton has gone unbeaten from their two starts after a draw against Ag College in round one before a win against Wagga City on the weekend.

de Meyer hasn’t lived and breathed the rivalry all his life –after moving to Griffith in 2008 – but said as soon as he stepped into town the Blacks-Phantoms rivalry was one of the first things he learned.

“There’s always been a spark between the two sides and it’s a good game to rally the boys around,” de Meyer said.

“It makes for an interesting contest.

“The motivation is alwaysthere, the blokes are keen so we are looking forward to seeing how it goes on Friday night.”

The match will start at 7.30pm at the Exies Oval.

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