PORT City Breakers have been forced to make some last-minute changes ahead of their grand final clash with Port Macquarie Sharks.
The Breakers have lost second-rower Matt Woods thanks to suspension after a lifting tackle in the preliminary final win against Forster Tuncurry Hawks.
Coach Ben Sprague was set to bring in either Jake Kelly or Sean Barrett to cover for Woods, who was rubbed out from the incident in his 150th game.
If Barrett comes in, it would mean a straight swap, but Kelly's inclusion would mean more shuffling.
Kelly would most likely come in for captain Adrian Daley, who would most likely move into the hooker role.
It was all food for thought for Sprague, who told the Port News he would make the final decision at training last night.
Sprague lamented Woods not being in the side.
"He'll be a big loss," Sprague said.
"He's been a big part of the side all year."
Both replacement options would have been sitting on the Breakers' bench for the big game. Sprague said Barrett would be suited to the role, but Kelly has played more football in first grade this season.
"That's where he has the trump card," Sprague said.
Sprague said he didn't think there was much in the tackle, but he praised the officials involved.
"They made the right decision [citing Woods]," he said.
He couldn't wait to tackle the Sharks in the biggest match of the year. Sprague said the opponents wouldn't be easy to beat though.
"We know what we're coming up against," he said.
"They've definitely been the in-form side all season."
He was pleased his team was in with a shot at the premiership after a flat start to the season.
"We've got a new side, we've had to rebuild," Sprague said.
"And our discipline has let us down at times, but I think we've fixed that up."