Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Knowledge Is Power for Souths; Sharks Coach Does His Research on the Best of RLM

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Knowledge Is Power for Souths; Sharks Coach Does His Research on the Best of RLM

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WHILE A-Grade players in the Rugby League Mackay competition run onto the field they may notice a distinct blue polo in the crowd. That would be Souths Sharks coach, Wayne Barnett.

For the last couple of rounds, Barnett made the effort to watch at least one other game outside of his own to gauge where the best talent of the season is, and more importantly how to beat them.

"We just get out there to see the structures are in place and what the new talent in town is like as well," he said.

"It would be remissive not to do that, and also being the Foley Shield coach I was lucky enough to get some closer access to boys."

This weekend put Souths up against the Whitsunday Brahmans. A team Barnett admitted were a worry for his men after they dismantled Wests Tigers last weekend.

Barnett said last weeks performance proved the Brahmans could hit hard without their star player, James Salter, who was injured in Round 1.

The South coach took his hat off to Whitsunday's coach, Tye Ingebrigtsen, on how he handled the loss.

"I was there for the game where it happened and I thought it would be a big shock for Tye to overcome, but those other players are doing the right things," Barnett said.

"For them to knock the Tigers off last week they must have played extraordinary well. They're looking in good stead and we're excited to test them."

Brahmans were one of the first team to pique the Souths coach's interest. …

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