Fox forced to shuffle the Tigers’ back

A BIZARRE yet devastating injury to Bay Tigers fullback Nathan Wood has forced coach Deryck Fox to shake up his backline for Sunday’s Group 7 clash against Berry-Shoalhaven Heads.Wood, who has consistently been among the Bay’s best this season, was on the receiving end of a “nasty spear tackle” at Warilla last month, which Fox said led to a fracture in his neck.“He copped a nasty spear tackle at Warilla the other week and what’s happened to the poor fella is that he sneezed in his sleep last week, which actually caused him to fracture a vertebra in his neck,” Fox said.“He’s had an MRI scan, he’s in hospital and he’s going to be out of action for a long while.”With that in mind, Fox will be crossing fingers and toes that star man Willy Newton gets through tomorrow’s representative game against Group 20 unscathed so he can return for the Tigers at centre on Sunday.If fit to play, Newton will be part of a new-look Tigers’ backline, which will include moving Jared Wood-Johnston from second row to five-eighth and Michael Tadich from the halves to his preferred position of fullback.Despite the major positional changes, Fox is confident that it won’t affect the team too much.“What’s happened to Nathan is very unfortunate but what I’ll do is move Michael Tadich to fullback because he comes to us as a highly rated fullback,” Fox said.“I’m going to rotate things a bit, but the people in key positions know exactly how we should be playing.”The Tigers will line up at Mackay Park after an unexpected break, which came in the form of a washout last weekend.Even though that meant the Tigers had to wait another week to see if they could snap their five-game losing streak, Fox suggested it was a blessing in disguise.“It did (come at a good time), actually,” he said.“Willy (Newton) wasn’t right with his ankle and Grant (Roberts) wasn’t right with his knee.”Fox is confident that Newton should be right to play this weekend, but said he couldn’t “see Grant (Roberts) being involved this weekend”.Newton’s inclusion is a major boost for the Tigers – he starred in round two as the Bay beat Berry-Shoalhaven Heads by 42 points.The under 18s kick off Sunday’s action from 1.15pm before the first grade match at 2.45pm.Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 苏州美甲培训学校.