Tuesday, 01 December 2015

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Workington Town v Whitehaven derby clash will be “absolute war”

Whitehaven coach Don Gailer has predicted an “absolute war” in the forwards as his team search for payback in tomorrow’s derby at Derwent Park (3pm).

Anthony Mullally photo
Anthony Mullally

Workington Town have beaten Haven home and away this term, in league and cup, after getting the upper hand in the forwards.

And Gailer is calling on his powerful pack to muscle up this time, with huge on-loan Super League prop Anthony Mullally called up to start in the second-row after debuting off the bench in Haven’s last outing.

“They made no secret of the fact that they were coming at us in the forwards both times,” Gailer said. “And it’s no surprise they will come at us there again.

“Our guys have to say, enough is enough. It’s not a case of holding them in the middle, it’s a case of beating them in the middle. This has to be an absolute war.”

Haven went down 30-12 to Town at the Recre in April but have since lost only twice in seven outings, to Super League Salford in the Challenge Cup, and to Championship One pacesetters Barrow.

“Last time we were going well for 10 or 15 minutes and then let in a soft try,” Gailer added. “We let the valve off and they went, bang, bang, got you.

“We have to limit our mistakes and it’s a case of getting our own game right and not worrying too much about them.

“Mattinson will lay the platform, Thackray will come on and throw the ball around, and Miller has scored in the last eight games. We know all that stuff.

“They are a good side and have been at the top since the start of the year. A couple of weeks ago they put 40-odd unanswered points on Doncaster. They can play footy.

“If our discipline is good and we complete our sets, we will match anyone on our day. They got us on our turf and we would like to repay the favour.”

Gailer has no problem playing Mullally in the second-row.

“He’s quick and agile, and there’s not much difference between second-row and front-row,” the coach said. “He came off the bench last time as he’d only had one training run with us, but he was good.

“Last week he played for Ireland, which was good experience for a young guy. He is keen.”

Andrew Beattie returns after missing the last four games with a leg injury.

Former international winger Mark Calderwood is expected to feature for Town after suffering a rib injury against London Skolars two weeks ago.

Town coach Gary Charlton said: “You can’t beat Cumbrian derbies. We’re all looking forward to Sunday. Whitehaven were a team that was put together quite quickly, and it takes time to gel, but they’re playing some decent stuff now and they’ll be confident. It should make for a cracking match.”

Whitehaven: Bauer, Calvert, Fox, Parker, Wiper, Rudd, Rooney, Houghton, Sice, Cullnean, Varkulis, Mullally, Doran. Subs: Gee, Isakka, Beattie, Haggerty.



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