Chris Daley returns this week from injury for Macquarie. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVANTHERE is a positive feeling around the Dubbo Macquarie camp at the moment and coach Steve McLellan wants to keep that going on Saturday when his side hosts the Nyngan Tigers.
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The Raiders currently sit second on the Group 11 ladder, having won two of three matches so far this season.

This weekend they welcome the Nyngan Tigers to Caltex Park and McLellan is hopeful to see more of the same from his confident squad.

“Attitude is the thing I look for and there’s a really good buzz around at the moment,” he said.

“Everyone is happy, winning helps that, but in first and reserve grade they play for each other and there’s good camaraderie.”

Following a number of big off-season recruits there was plenty of hype around the Nyngan Tigers but they were yet to see the world alight in 2016.

Losses to Narromine and Parkes were followed by a win over Westside last time out but McLellan knows better than to underestimate a side which the Raiders have struggled against in the past.

“I thought they would get over Narromine, but credit to Narromine for that, but when we played Nyngan in the trial they impressed me,” he said.

“They had all the key spots covered well, their full-back, five-eighth and hooker all went on to play Group and that’s the spine.

“I’m not sure why but they’ve been a bit of a bogey side for us and we’ve got to be at our best to beat them.”

After such a poor run with injuries early in the season the Raiders receive a boost this weekend with Chris Daley returning from a broken hand.

He will replace Kiyan Shaw, who looks set to miss the match due to an ankle injury.

While Daley started the season in the halves, his replacement during the last two weeks, Damien Wells, has been in scintillating form.

McLellan admitted Daley approached him and offered to start off the bench so there is no interruption to the combination between Wells and Josh Merritt.

While the dangerous trio all have the capabilities of piling on the points, McLellan wants his team to continue focusing on defence.

“For two weeks in a row to keep teams to 16 points is pleasing,” he said of the recent wins over Westside and Parkes.

“Our defence is key again, Macquarie teams have always been able to put on points so it’s just about denying the opposition opportunities.”

The action at Caltex Park on Saturday begins with the League Tag at 11am while the main game is expected to kick off at roughly 3pm.

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