Jake Jackson and James Webb will line up for the Stags against Oakey in a practice game tomorrow. Photo Troy Kippen / South Burnett Times
Jake Jackson and James Webb will line up for the Stags against Oakey in a practice game tomorrow. Photo Troy Kippen / South Burnett Times Troy Kippen

Nanango's front rowers need to apply pressure against Oakey

NANANGO Stags front rower Jake Jackson said he knew the secret to beating Oakey in today's pre-season game.

And it is on Jackson and his brother's shoulders.

"Our front row is bigger," he said.

"When they need four or five guys to tackle us and we only need two or three, well that's a massive advantage.

"Next time (Saturday) we just have to offload more into the gaps."

The Stags lost to Oakey two weeks ago, 44-30, but this weekend the Darling Downs team will travel to Nanango.

Stags second rower James Webb said Oakey was a pretty strong team.

"It was the communication (in the last encounter) that let us down," the second rower said.

"There will be a lot more talk this week.

"They have a nice tight defence, but we contested strongly.

"Although we went down I think we had it over them most of the game."

Team manager Bruce Webb said it was a credit to the Stags as "professional footballers" that the team has come together so well.

"It's a combination of Nanango and Blackbutt players," Mr Webb said.

"Last season they were rivals and now they are playing as a team."

Mr Webb said last time they played Oakey it was a hard hit out.

The Stags want supporters down at the Fred Kassulke Oval today to see the 2014 Stags side in action.

The Stags A-grade side will run out against Oakey at 6pm today while the under 18s start at 7pm.

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