2018 Season Preview: Yass Magpies

The Yass Magpies were the surprise package in the Austbrokers Canberra CRC last season as they finished in third place and were only one match away from the Grand Final.

Now with a new coach in Jarrad Teka at the helm, the club will be looking to further improve in 2018.

Where they excel

The Yass Magpies proved themselves to be a good all-round side in 2017 as they boasted the fourth best attack and third best defence in the competition.

The skilful combination of the Naughton brothers in the halves combined with the damaging centre pairing of Junior Vatikani and Willie Peace caused plenty of headaches and are likely to wreak havoc again in 2018.

Room to improve

The question around the Yass Magpies heading into the 2018 season surrounds their forward pack. With the loss of former Canberra Raiders NYC’s forward Mitch Smith combined with Sam Sotogi’s season-ending injury, the Magpies have lost plenty of size up front.

With no direct replacements for Smith and Sotogi signed at this stage, it will be up to the existing roster to fill the void.

Coach’s comments

“We’ve done a bit of research on why they fell short and we are hoping to see some improvement around that. It was mainly their mindset where they fell short, a couple of times last year they struggled with confidence against the bigger sides.” – Jarrad Teka

The rookie

“I think Kyle Danilczak has showed a bit of potential and he also made the U23’s squad. I’m looking for a big year from Jacob Toppin as well.” – Jarrad Teka

Gains and Losses

Gains:

Jacob McGrath (Tumut Blues)
Jacob Toppin (Tumut Blues)
Ben Davies (Yanco)

Losses:

James Rousell
Josh Newling
Trent Gavenlock
Matthew Barnden

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