Big Boyd man to watch for Bulldogs

Albury Thunder coach Josh Cale.ALBURY Thunder coach Josh Cale has labelled Cootamundra front-rower Grant Boyd as the form player of Group 9 ahead of tomorrow’s clash at Fisher Park.

Boyd has started the season in sensational fashion and will be confident of another match-winning performance after dominating Thunder in a sudden-death final at Greenfield Park in 2010.

Cale said his team would need to put plenty of work into the former NRL player.

“Grant Boyd is definitely the form player in the comp at the moment,” Cale said.

“He’s been going well.

“He’s a big body with plenty of skill and is pretty smart for a big man.

“He gets out wide on the edges and is very handy.

“We will have to watch him. Cootamundra will be tough.”

Boyd, who escaped a head-butting charge earlier this week, will look for help from teammates Aaron Byrne and Luke Berkrey who have also been instrumental in Cootamundra’s impressive start to the season.

Cale said he was pleased with last weekend’s win against Temora and believes it will take a similar performance to bring down the Bulldogs.

“They are one of the form teams at the moment,” he said.

“They beat Gundagai last week and that’s never easy. We know the challenge ahead of us.”

Thunder said star fullback Ben Jeffery was a reasonable chance of returning from the hamstring injury he suffered against Brothers in round two.

“He’s 50-50,” he said.

“He will have a fitness test before the game and we’ll go from there.”

Thunder has been led superbly by Willie Heta and Lou Goodwin this season and, if Mark Walsham, Josh Murray and Mitch Davis can play to their potential, the visitors should come away with a hard-fought win.

In other matches, Southcity will be too strong for Tumut, Brothers should expose Tumbarumba’s lack of depth, Temora will bounce back with a win against Young and Junee will edge out Kangaroos.

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