Tigers and Roos tune up for next week’s semi

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

THE Mun­dub­bera Tigers and last year’s pre­mier­ship win­ners the Monto Roos lead the league ta­ble af­ter Satur­day’s hard-fought matches.

There’s a lot at stake in next week’s ma­jor semi-fi­nal as the win­ner will host the grand fi­nal on Au­gust 16, while sec­ond place means fac­ing off against the mi­nor semi-fi­nal win­ner on Au­gust 9.

As the Tigers mauled their way to a 40-8 win over the Gayn­dah Gladiators, Tigers cap­tain Ja­cob Kimber ad­mit­ted his team was get­ting “fi­nals fever” and prepa­ra­tions for next week’s ma­jor semi-fi­nal against the Roos would be sim­ple.

“We’ll just get our com­bos nice and sweet, and let the boys know where the ball is,” Kimber said.

Tigers coach Bert Bee­z­ley said hav­ing the ma­jor semi-fi­nal and, hope­fully, a grand fi­nal at home would boost Mun­dub­bera’s chances of win­ning its first pre­mier­ship since 1998.

The Monto Roos were run­ning hot on the week­end against the Theodore Roost­ers and scored a 46-8 win.

Although coach Damien Zi­eth said it was hard to pin­point any one player for a stand­out ef­fort, he saidWayne Smith’s first-half try and a solid per­for­mance by cap­tain Shane Carter were out­stand­ing.

De­spite their top per­for­mance last week, the Roos will be work­ing on de­fence as they face off with Mun­dub­bera this week­end.

“We are go­ing to have to get low on those big boys, but we have beaten them once this year, we can do it again,” Mr Zi­eth said.

The mi­nor semi-fi­nal be­tween the Theodore Roost­ers and Gayn­dah Gladiators may be an un­even bat­tle.

Although Gayn­dah has stepped up its game in re­cent weeks and drew 20-all against Monto, it has strug­gled with match fit­ness and field­ing a con­sis­tent team.

Af­ter cap­tain Shane Hooper was sent to hos­pi­tal with an an­kle in­jury early in the first half last Satur­day, only 12 Roost­ers were left on the field.

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