THERE’S no substitute for speed.
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And through 15 rounds of the Group 10 premier league competition this season, Orange CYMS flyer Cody Robbins has burned plenty of opponents on his way to 10 tries in his first full year in the top grade with pace.

“Any half chance we get with a bit of space Cody can finish it off,” CYMS player-coach Mick Sullivan said.

“There’s no attribute like pace and he has plenty of it.”

Robbins will line-up on the wing for the two-time defending premiers today when they tackle Bathurst St Pat’s in a tough final round encounter at Wade Park.

It’s a position the 19-year-old isn’t completely comfortable in after representing Group 10 under 18s last winter at fullback.

However, with the likes of premiership stars Dom Maley, Scott Piper and Tim Bassmann in CYMS’ ranks out wide, cracking it anywhere other than on the flank is a tough ask.

Robbins has enjoyed the experience.

“It’s been good. I’ve learnt a lot out of it. (Sullivan) has brought out the best in me,” the young speedster said.

“I’m more comfortable at fullback but I’ve played wing-centre all year.”

This winter was meant to be Robbins’ time in the sun.

After starring for Group 10 last season, he then went on to help Western Rams take out the 2011 Country Rugby League under 18s championship in Albury and then earned selection in the NSW Country under 18s.

Robbins then scored a deal to play with the Penrith Panthers in the 2012 Toyota Cup.

But surgery on his ever-cramping calves cut his stay at the foot of the mountains short.

Now back at CYMS, Robbins has again found his mojo.

“Coming back from the surgery I reckon I’ve picked up a bit more speed,” he said.

Such has been the success of Robbins’ first year in premier league, he’ll again go down to have another shot at living out a boyhood dream, travelling to Penrith on October 1 to start pre-season training with the Panthers under 20s.

“I just wish I had the surgery done a few years ago,” he said.

Today at Wade Park, CYMS must win and win well over St Pat’s to have any hope of wrestling the Group 10 minor premiership off Lithgow.

Sullivan, though, would be content with a top two finish.

“It’s the time of year you’ve got to start building. You don’t want to lose momentum,” Sullivan said.

“Every game is a must win.”

Today’s game is scheduled to kick off at 3.15pm.

n ORANGE CYMS: 1 Tim Bassmann, 2 Cody Robbins, 3 Scott Piper, 4 Dom Maley, 5 Epa Navale, 6 Claude Gordon, 7 Mick Sullivan, 8 Terawhiti Cooper, 9 Sma Hill, 10 Kiel Vardanega, 11 Pat Gibson, 12 Josh Nixon, 13 Ben Gosper; Bench: 14 Larsen Marabe, 15 Brent Sargent, 16 Riley Law.

NEED FOR SPEED: Cody Robbins has been a shining light for the defending premiers this season and will again test the Bathurst St Pat’s defence when the two clash today at Wade Park. Photo: NICK McGRATH 0817nmcody1

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