New-look Magpies wary of battling Narromine and a returning gun

UP HILL BATTLE: Magpies prop Ben Robinson his hoping Forbes can secure win number two for the 2018 season on Sunday. Photo: FORBES ADVOCATE
UP HILL BATTLE: Magpies prop Ben Robinson his hoping Forbes can secure win number two for the 2018 season on Sunday. Photo: FORBES ADVOCATE

Veteran Forbes prop Ben Robinson says the Magpies will be wary of a wounded Narromine when the Jets travel to Spooner Oval on Sunday.

Narromine is winless and anchored on the bottom of the ladder after three rounds, a somewhat surprising situation for the Jets to be in considering captain-coach Wes Middleton declared his side was good enough to make the Group 11 grand final prior to round one.

Right now Middleton would just settle for one win, and Robinson knows the crafty Jets hooker will be eager to bring that up on an old stomping ground.

“I went to school with Wes and played a bit of juniors with him. He was at Red Bend for a little while before moving away,” Robinson said.

“He was handy back then, for sure, and they’ve got a good side this year. 

“He’ll be pretty cluey around the ruck, so we’ll have to watch them there.”

After a round one win, Forbes has been tossed in consecutive rounds and a round two, four-point loss to Macquarie is one Robinson feels the Magpies let slip.

“We’re not panicking at the moment,” he said.

“We’ve got some new combinations. A lot of younger guys, we’ve lost Zac Merrit and a few senior guys, which hurts, but we’ve got a decent side.

“We haven’t concentrated on Narromine, but we want to get what we’re doing right, first.”

Forbes takes on Narromine on Sunday at Spooner Oval.

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