South Coast Group 7Nowra-Bomaderry Jets v Albion Park-Oak Flats Eagles, Nowra Showground, Sunday 2.45pm
LOOKS can be deceiving and the Batemans Bay Tigers learned that the hard way last weekend.
Jets lock forward Matt Rouen was the hero in their come from behind 44-40 win, scoring five tries.
Coach Nathan Deaves said he thought the Tigers underestimated Rouen’s ability.
“He’s not a big boy, but he’s an absolute machine,” Deaves said.
“Always putting his hand up for a run and he’s a rock in our defensive line.
“He is just a very valuable player.”
But do not judge a book by its cover.
“He’s actually studying to be a maths teacher at uni… he doesn’t really look like a footy player.
“It’s very deceptive,” he laughed.
Rouen is from Nowra, but spent the last couple of the seasons playing with Jamberoo.
He has been a real standout for the Jets since joining them this season and Deaves is hoping he is one they can keep in the playing group for the future.
There is no doubt they will be looking for another big performance from Rouen this weekend when they tackle the Albion Park-Oak Flats Eagles at Nowra Showground.
It is their last home game for the season and Deaves is hoping they can make it a good one.
“We got beaten when we played them up there, but we have a stronger side now and I’m pretty confident we can take the two points,” he said.
“In the first half against Batemans Bay it felt like we were asleep and we can’t be like that again.
“If we can get a good start, I think we’ve got something to look forward to.”
They were without a number of regular first graders for the Batemans Bay game, but a lot of reserves made the step up and played well.
Scott Ray, Kevin Swain and Roger Burton all played their first game in the top grade this year, which Deaves said was a good sign for the future.
Deaves will more than likely do his coaching job from the sideline, to save himself for their final game of the season, but they should have his brother Sean and front rower Zac Kershaw return from injury.
WORK HORSE: The Nowra-Bomaderry Jets will be looking for another big game from five-try hero Matt Rouen this weekend. Photo: PATRICK FAHY