12/9/2014 - Andrew Logan says Emus backs can run the pants off Kangaroos in grand final

TRY AND STOP US: Orange Emus' Carter Hirini, Tom Green and Nigel Staniforth made up the top three of the Blowes Clothing Cup try-scorers. Photo: MATT FINDLAY                                                                                                                                                                      0909mftriesTRY AND STOP US: Orange Emus’ Carter Hirini, Tom Green and Nigel Staniforth made up the top three of the Blowes Clothing Cup try-scorers. Photo: MATT FINDLAY 0909mftries

ORANGE Emus coach Andrew Logan often said his side concentrated – almost exclusively at times – on its defensive abilities in 2014.

Appropriately, the greens boast the best defensive record in the Blowes Clothing Cup.

However, with the focus on defence Emus’ scintillating ability with ball in hand often fell by the wayside.

The greens also boasted unparalleled attacking numbers and prowess, which they will be banking on continuing in tomorrow’s grand final against Dubbo Kangaroos, at Dubbo’s No.1 Oval.

Boasting the classiest backline in the competition, Emus have the right to be confident, because of three reasons – try-scoring sensations Tom Green, Carter Hirini and skipper Nigel Staniforth.

Wingers Green and Hirini and outside centre Staniforth finished first, and equal second respectively on the 2014 try-scorers’ list, showing an insatiable hunger for five-pointers.

“I didn’t know I had anywhere near that many until just then,” Green laughed.

“It’s a massive difference to last season, I certainly got to touch the ball a lot more and I had a lot more space.

“I think a lot of that had to do with the guys inside me though, they create that space for me and it allowed me to cross so many times.”

Green scored some breathtaking individual tries, often 100 metre efforts, and often at the expense of his support players.

The former Kinross first XV star showed strength more suited to that of a forward, and an innate ability to break, and avoid tackles at will.

“When you’re a winger you really need to just take every opportunity you can get,” he explained.

“I just try as hard as I can to get there myself, and if I can’t I’ll always give it.”

Both Green and Hirini have a close connection with outside centre Staniforth – albeit on opposite sides of the field – and the former heaped praise on both his teammates.

“Carter is certainly a great player, and a great finisher. I’m the better winger though,” Green laughed.

“Seriously, you can’t defend his type of pace. It’s great getting ball from Nige, you can almost guarantee he’ll drag a couple of defenders in and you know you’re getting clean ball.

“We really hope we get the chance to continue it against Dubbo [tomorrow].”

The Blowes Clothing Cup decider kicks off at 3.15pm.

BLOWES CLOTHING CUP TOP 10 TRY-SCORERS:

Tom Green (Orange Emus) – 17

Carter Hirini (Orange Emus), Nigel Staniforth (Orange Emus) – 15

Cameron Cole (Orange City) – 14

James Mata (Dubbo Kangaroos) – 12

Tim Alison (Orange Emus), Hayden Tidswell (Bathurst Bulldogs) – 10

Jeremy Montgomery (Cowra Eagles) – 9

James Tooth (CSU Bathurst), Josh Tremain (Orange City), Scott Burgess (Dubbo Kangaroos) – 8

Duncan Young (Orange City), Ted Bates, Filisone Pauta (Dubbo Kangaroos) – 7

taken from http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/story/2552738/attack-is-the-best-defence-for-emus-in-grand-final-against-kangaroos-video/?cs=102

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