Albury-Wodonga Steamers close to full strength for first home game of the season against Griffith

BIG INCLUSION: Blake Le Cornu is a welcome return for the Steamers to face Griffith at home on Saturday after missing the first round against CSU.
BIG INCLUSION: Blake Le Cornu is a welcome return for the Steamers to face Griffith at home on Saturday after missing the first round against CSU.

The Albury-Wodonga Steamers will play their first home game of the Southern Inland Rugby Union season against Griffith at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Despite having 10 players unavailable in round one, the Steamers came away with an impressive 40-36 victory.

Coach Paul Musarra is looking forward to the clash.

“When you travel away the first game it’s a bit of an anti-climax to start,” he said.

“It should be a good game, Griffith are always a good challenge and a good, tough, physical side.

“Everyone that was unavailable (round one) is available, apart from one who is out for a couple of weeks and another (Rossouw Visser) is suspended for a week for a high tackle.

“We were hoping he may of got off, but a week is okay.

“If I go the whole season and only have two unavailable, that would be fantastic.”

Musarra was particularly impressed with forwards Jordie Coffin and Tom Bartholomew, as well as rugby league convert Tim Carroll, who played their first games for the club last round.