Group 19 rugby league: Magpies head to Moree

BACK ON DECK: Breanna Grange is expected to return to the Magpies league tag team this Sunday against the Boars.

BACK ON DECK: Breanna Grange is expected to return to the Magpies league tag team this Sunday against the Boars.

It's been nearly three weeks since the Glen Innes Magpies teams have hit the field and their challenges don't get any bigger for their return than a trip to Moree.

After the bye, followed by the long weekend-hiatus, the Magpies will visit the Boars to face off in under-18s, league tag and A-grade matches.

The Glen Innes under-18 team sit second on the table behind the unbeaten Boars outfit.

Numbers week-in, week-out can be an issue for the Magpies team but coach Gavin Peterson is expecting a full complement on Sunday.

"We are expecting to be full-strength," he said.

"We are looking forward to the challenge.

"The two weeks off with the bye and the long weekend probably came at a bad time but everyone should be freshened up with no injuries.

"We have got no excuses really."

The last time they played was in round four in Glen Innes with the Boars winning comfortably 32-14.

Peterson is hoping to turn the tables this time around.

"They came to our ground last time and beat us so we have a bit of a score to settle with them," he said.

"They are looking forward to the challenge and hopefully we can get one back on them.

"Unfortunately I wasn't here for the last game so I didn't get to see the game.

"They are on top of the table and it is the time to make your run home for the semis.

"So why not start now and get one back on the top side?

"I think all grades should be looking forward to the day and it is a great opportunity to move up the ladder."

The Glen Innes league tag team were beaten in their last outing by Armidale but were without captain Amelia Tunamena and Breanna Grange.

The experienced duo return this Sunday against a Boars team who have been on a roll in recent rounds with big wins over the Boomerangs and Armidale Rams.

In A-grade, another fierce battle is expected.

The last time the Magpies and Boars clashed, it took until the final stages of the game for a winner to be determined with Glen Innes taking the win.