No one’s taking those Aggies for granted

Steamers forward Ryan Schischka.
Steamers forward Ryan Schischka.

STEAMERS’ hard-working forward Ryan Schischka says there will be no complacency ahead of the home clash with Ag College today.

The Aggies travel to Murrayfield for the first time since a 55-0 thrashing in the second half of last year.

They have lost their past two games and have had only two wins this year.

Schischka said the blue and golds learnt their lesson last week in the loss on the road to Tumut.

“We are still rebuilding after any number of departures following last year’s undefeated season,” he said.

“We’re still working on our combinations and we need to make sure that we don’t take anyone lightly.

“I’d expect it to be a fast game where they try to run the ball around a bit — just another tough encounter.”

Schischka said that despite the Aggies’ losses, there has been a dramatic improvement from last year’s also-rans.

“All the middle of the table teams have recruited and done a lot more fitness work — they have come a long way in a short time,” Schischka said.

“But I think the best is still to come from our group.

“We are learning every week, improving every week.

“It is just a matter of putting it all together and gelling by the end of the year.

“You are always going to go through a phase like this with new coaches and new players.

“I’m pretty confident we will be in the top six, but we want to take as many points as we can into the split in the competition and then finish as high as possible inside the top 4.”

Steamers will welcome back prop Col Hogan, while Lucas Boye will go to fullback and Oscar Ramsden has his first grade debut in the centres.