Less than a week after their demolition of the Toowoomba Clydesdales in Mitchell, the Souths team will be at full strength when they tackle the Bears at Pizzey Park on the Gold Coast.
Led by ex-Canberra Raiders? halfback Jace Van Djik and under coach Anthony Griffin, the Magpies are hoping to back up last Saturday night?s 26-point win with a strong performance on Friday.
Last Saturday, the Magpies scored a significant win over a strong Clydesdales outfit, beating the Toowoomba team 42-16 in their first trial match for the year.
The Magpies only dual try scorer in that match, Darcy Sumner, will take to the field on Friday along with Saturday?s stand out performers Jason Hynes, ex-Parramatta centre Nick Emmett, front rower Zeb Dewson and try scorers Ben Watt, Zeb Kyle and Ricky Dodd, who was one of the first Souths players this year to be dual-registered with the Canberra Raiders.
Former Parramatta hooker Daniel Irvine will also be on show this Friday night and also on the team will be Kevin Prior, who starred for Papua New Guinea in last month?s Seven?s tournament.
Coach Griffin said the team were looking to build on their performance in the first trial match and were hungry for victory ahead of the official start to the season.
Nathan Roe, Jason Hynes, Nick Emmett, Peter Peterson, Darcy Sumner, Cameron Joyce, Jace Van Dijk, Darren Glase, Zeb Kyle, Zeb Dewson, Stan Fau, Ben Watt, Kev Prior, Daniel Irvine, Aaron Lewis, James Appi, Matt Morice, Neil Jesse, Eddie Burton, Bobby Blair, Garth Doherty, Scott Young, Curtis Mohr and Anthony Griffin (Coach).