AT the midway point of the season, you would probably think that injuries are the biggest threat to a rugby union side.
But in the Broulee Dolphins’ case this weekend, it’s the Wallabies who will leave them short for their trip to Milton to take on the Platypuses.
Six of Ron Rae’s men will be in Melbourne this weekend to watch Australian stars such as Will Genia take on Six Nations champions Wales in the second Test.
On top of that, three injuries to other players have left the Dolphins heavily depleted for a match that Rae said had the potential to be a proverbial banana peel.
“It’s going to be very tough and I know they’re pretty keen on revenge after the first round,” Rae said.
“If there’s going to be one (potential slip up), then this is it.”
However, the Broulee coach remained upbeat and confirmed to the Bay Post/Moruya Examiner that he will put out a competitive side.
“We’ll definitely have a side on the paddock and we’ll just do the best with what we’ve got,” he said.
“But we might have to call upon a few old heads.”
Rae even joked that he might have to dust off his old playing gear.
“If all else fails, I might even pull on the boots,” he said with a laugh.
The likes of Brad Dunkley, Luke Mathie, Ryan Pollock and flyhalf Chris Prow won’t be on the Broulee team sheet tomorrow, but it’s a vastly different scenario for Milton.
The Platypuses struggled for player numbers earlier in the season – they even travelled to Captain Oldrey Park with just nine players – but have come across reinforcements and now have a full squad at their disposal.
Those who do line-up for the Dolphins tomorrow will have plenty of time to recover as they have a bye next week after also sitting out the long weekend – a situation Rae described as “frustrating”.
“It’s been a bit hit and miss and we’re not too happy but there’s not much we can do about it,” he said.
“Then after this is that we’ve got another bloody bye and the worst thing is that we only have two home games in this next round.
“So the locals don’t even know we’re playing and it’s disappointing when we’re trying to create interest.”