ALBURY Thunder centre Chris Seaton believes the reigning premier has plenty of motivation to defeat Junee in Group 9 rugby league at Laurie Daley Oval today.
After starting hot favourites at the ground two years ago, the Thunder were held to a 22-all draw after the home team scored a try in the final two minutes of the match.
“Every team we come up against is a danger game because we have a price on our head,” Seaton said yesterday.
“Last time we went to Junee a couple of years ago we had a draw when we were supposed to win and don’t want that to happen again.
“I treat every game like it’s a danger game.”
Albury, who will regain Andrew Cowhan but lose Ben Jeffery today, has been impressive in defeating Tumbarumba (64-0), Young (22-10) and Kangaroos (48-10) in their past three outings.
Seaton said it was important the Thunder continued to build momentum with Southcity hot on their tails.
“We’re going pretty well besides Ben Jeffery getting that injury last week,” he said.
“We are starting to gel again as we always seem to have a slow start to the season.
“We have our occasions when we fall away but besides Benny being out, our side looks pretty good.
“We are going OK.”
Junee has been struggling for leadership in recent weeks with Jade Williams quitting and joining Kangaroos and his replacement Matt Hands heading overseas.
Hands will coach the club next season.
In other matches, Cootamundra coach Mark Elia is wary of Tumut, Kangaroos should bounce back against Tumbarumba, Brothers will be hoping for dry conditions against Gundagai and Temora will feel the wrath of Southcity.
Young has the bye.
Group 9 ladder: Thunder 18, Southcity 16, Cootamundra 14, Gundagai 12, Young 12, Brothers 12, Temora 10, Kangaroos 8, Junee 8, Tumbarumba 8, Tumut 2.