We know what a tough test we face against unbeaten Sunshine Coast on Sunday and we’ve prepared all week for that.
They are on top of the ladder for a reason – they are a side that are very aggressive defensively and work on putting their opposition under pressure and forcing errors.
They have a good hooker in Harry Grant who is a danger out of dummy half and plenty of talent in their backs to take advantage of any possession and momentum they get.
We have to be prepared for that and play with patience and sweat it out for long periods.
For us, it goes back to how we played against Norths Brisbane in round nine. That’s our best performance of the season so far when we got through out sets well, had a good kick and chase and kept the pressure on with aggressive defence.
We’ve had a couple of good wins on the scoreboard against Northern Pride and Souths Logan since but there hasn’t been the intensity in those games that we will face this Sunday.
The team is excited about the challenge and know it’s a real test of where we are at.
If we want to stay a top four team we know we have to aim up in the next month when we play the Falcons, head to Port Moresby to take on the Hunters who are improving, and then face Wynnum Manly and Burleigh Bears who are above us on the ladder.
So that’s a month that includes playing the top three teams.
It looks like our halfback Ryles Jacks will be called up to the Titans with Ash Taylor taking time out from footy but we’re fortunate that we can put Christian Hazard back there from hooker at start with Jack Cook at dummy half.
That’s the combination that we used against Norths so we know they work well together although Lindon McGrady will take on more kicking.
Will Matthews, who has been great for us in the last two games, is also out with a rib cartilage injury but we’re fortunate that Jarrod Morfett has plenty of experience in the team and is a handy replacement on the bench.
We know we have to lift a level and get back to sticking to our processes better, play tough, get to the end of our sets and make our opposition start from their end of the field as much as we can. And we have to be prepared to do that for 80 minutes.
Hopefully we can get a good crowd at Piggabeen on Sunday to get behind the boys. We’ll definitely be having a real dig.