OUT: Macquarie prop Brendan Worth. Picture: Jonathan CarrollMACQUARIEScorpions prop Brendan Worth will be kept on ice this weekend as he nurses an elbow injuryinto this season’s finals series.
The issue will sideline the 33-year-old former NRL forward when Macquarie host Central Newcastle in Sunday’s qualifying semi-final at Peacock Field.
Worth was one of the Scorpions’ best in their 44-22 last-round win over Kurri Kurri and coach Adam Bettridge expects him to return the following week.
However, Macquarie welcome back utility Randall Briggs (knee) and centre Nathan Cantor (ankle) following two-week lay-offs.
The Scorpions are eyeing off a third straight decider.
SEMI-FINAL FIXTURES: Elimination – Lakes v South Newcastle at Cahill Oval (Sat); Qualifying – Macquarie v Central Newcastle at Peacock Field (Sun).
* THERE has been a bit of interest in the vacant Rebels representative coaching position for next season.
Newcastle Rugby League chief executive officer Matt Harris said on Wednesday he had received three applications to take over from outgoing under 23s mentor Todd Edwards, who has picked up a club role with Lakes in 2018.
Knights legend Marc Glanville looks set to retain the ladies league tag team after steering them through their inaugural year in 2017.
Applications close on Friday and announcements are expected before the September 13 presentation night.
* FORMER Lakes mentor Rip Taylor was this week named NSW Cup coach of the year for the second time in three seasons after guiding the Wyong Roos to an almost undefeated minor premiership.Knights winger Tom Hughesearned a spot in team of the year.
* SEEpage 46 for an update on Cessnock’s coaching situation.