All bets are off when old mates slug it out

Thunder’s Cameron Breust is keen to celebrate another try or two with Jake Grace, against Gundagai at Anzac Park tomorrow.

Thunder’s Cameron Breust is keen to celebrate another try or two with Jake Grace, against Gundagai at Anzac Park tomorrow.


Since coming down to Albury I have absolutely enjoyed it. It’s a great community. We are going along well at the moment but have a lot of work to do. Gundagai would have been disappointed to lose after being up 20-12 against Southcity last weekend so we expect them to come out firing. - THUNDER HALFBACK CAMERON BREUST

ALBURY Thunder halfback Cameron Breust is excited by the prospect of coming up against his former Canberra Raiders teammate James Smart in tomorrow’s crunch rugby league clash against Gundagai at Anzac Park.

Breust yesterday said he was looking forward to testing himself against the Eric Weissel medallist who has been instrumental in the Tigers rocketing into premiership contention since returning from a brief stint with Wollongong club, Wests.

“I played with Smarty at the Raiders and rate him very highly,” Breust said.

“It will be a good challenge.

“Gracey (Jake Grace) and I will come up against Smarty and Cameron Woo on our edge and we will definitely have our work cut out.

“It’s a big game for us all.”

Breust last week signed on for another season at Greenfield Park, saying his decision to travel from Wagga was one of the best moves he had made in his career.

He has been one of the reigning premier’s most consistent players since taking over from Mitch McLeod.

He said he believed the switch of Willie Heta and Ben Jeffery from five-eighth to fullback has made the team even more formidable.

“Since coming to Albury I have absolutely enjoyed it,” he said.

“It’s a great community.

“We are going along well but have a lot of work to do.

“Gundagai would have been disappointed to lose after being up 20-12 against Southcity last weekend so we expect them to come out firing.”

While Smart has been on fire for Gundagai, big forward Rulon Nutira also shapes as a dangerman.

Thunder has made only one change from last weekend’s big win over Tumut with Elijah Tipene starting on a wing, replacing the injured Lachie Hampton.

Hampton received a heavy knock to his kidneys and could miss the next fortnight.

Albury Thunder coach Josh Cale said Gundagai would be eager to hit back after going down to Southcity last weekend.

“Gundy are always tough, especially at Gundy,” Cale said.

“James Smart has come back and is steering them around a lot better.

“It will be a tough one.”

The match starts at 2.30pm.

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