Blacks and Whites and TLU face off in top of the table clash in Group 20

With the winner set to sit at the top of the table, there is a lot riding on the game between Tullibigeal Lake Cargelligo and Black and Whites on Sunday afternoon.

Black and Whites' Andrew Lavaka

Black and Whites' Andrew Lavaka

It will be the continuation of a run of tough series of games for the Panthers which according to coach Craig Morriss is a great lead into finals.

“We have to keep building as we get towards the end of the season,” he said.

“When have to keep improving and this will ensure we are as strong as possible heading into the finals.”

Morriss knows his side will have to be ready to go from the kickoff.

“They have a very good and fast side,” he said.

“They have great halves in the form of Jaden Kelly and James Williams and we will also have to watch out of Ethan Williams who has been scoring a few tries in recent games.”

Despite a tough hit-out against the Waratahs were the Panthers which saw them fight back from a halftime deficit to win by three points the side has come through unscathed.

In fact, the Panthers team will be stronger with versatile utility Gospel Toru coming back into the side. 

TLU is coming into the game after a high-scoring game against Yanco-Wamoon which saw them win 62-30.

Coach James Williams has been pleased with the way his side have been performing but is still wanting more.

“We have built off what we did last season,” he said.

“I’d prefer it if were blowing teams off the park, but we haven’t been able to.

“We have the potential to get the big win, but we just haven’t been clicking.”

We have the potential to get the big win but we just haven’t been clicking - Sharks coach James Williams

Williams was also pleased to see his team had been flying under the radar.

“We have been the ones going about our work behind closed doors,” he said.

“We don’t put too much pressure on ourselves.”

Williams is expecting it to be a battle in the forwards and knows they will have to fight fire with fire.

TLU will without Jock Potter who has gone away overseas while they still have one of their front-rowers missing through suspension.

The meeting between the two sides in Lake Cargelligo saw the Panthers walk away with a convincing 43-16 over the Sharks.

The Black and White have decided to take the game against the Sharks out to Goolgowi and continue their tradition of play one game a year out there.

Under 18s will get the action underway kicking off at 11am with the first grade to start at around 3pm.

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