Tigers and Roos tune up for next week’s semi
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.