Roos looking to bounce back
The Deni Rovers will be out to avenge last week’s loss when they travel to Katamatite in round 17 of the Picola & District League on Saturday.
The second placed Roos suffered a shock one point loss to Berrigan last week after some wayward kicking in front of goal proved costly.
Their opponent Katamatite are in a purple patch of form, putting themselves in the hunt for a spot in finals with two consecutive wins.
In their previous encounter with the Tigers, the Rovers ran away with a 57 point win.
But with Katamatite’s recent form Rovers assistant coach Brody Lumber said it will take a big effort to get over the line.
‘‘We’re chomping at the bit to get back on the board but we know it’ll be tough,’’ he said.
‘‘We kicked 11.19 last week and have kicked 62 behinds in our last three games so we need to fix our kicking at goal.
‘‘In recent weeks we’ve probably been mucking around with the ball too much up the ground which has allowed the opposition to get back in defence.
‘‘We need to start hitting up our key targets and make the most of our opportunities.’’
The Roos will head into the clash still without key forwards Lumber and Terry Lumbar.
They will also have to go without key defender Peter Lewis, who had surgery earlier this week on his dislocated thumb.
‘‘Caleb Panell missed last week so he’ll slot back into the side,’’ Lumber said.
‘‘We just need to leave last week’s loss behind and push on.’’
Katamatite playing-coach Jedd Wright and Brodie McDonald have been danger men up forward with nine goals between them last week, while Pat Riordan, Nichol Clurey and Harris Dickason are others who have performed well.
With the defensive unit of Matt Horne and Brendan Hope as well as key player makers Des Morgan, Andrew May, Ricky Waters and Nathan and Dylan Kerr, the Roos should make their way back onto the winners’ list.
Selection: Deni Rovers by five goals.
The Deni Drovers will once again make the trek across to Wagga when they meet Wagga Ag in a Southern Inland Rugby Union McMullen Cup semi final tomorrow morning.
A spot in the preliminary final is up for grabs for the winner while the loser’s season will come to an end.
The Drovers have met the Aggies on two occasions this year, going down 31-12 in round three before a dominant 91-0 victory over an undermanned Wagga side in round nine.
Drovers coach Joe Gogarty said the previous results don’t matter now however, with the 2017 premiership winning coach expecting a close encounter.
‘‘They only had about eight players travel across for that last game so we can’t look back at that and think it’ll help us,’’ he said.
‘‘Their second grade side was knocked out of finals last week so they’ll have a large group of players to choose from.
‘‘They’ll be young and fit and look to use their speed and skill against us.
‘‘We’ve just got to be smart, stick to what we know and need to be physical with our forwards.
‘‘When they beat us we struggled to defend the open play so we’ll need to work on that.’’
The Drovers will head into the clash with a near full list, with Veni Mahe set to return this week.
Gogarty also said his side got through last week’s 24 to 13 win over Wagga City unscathed.
‘‘City were a more physical side but Aggies will be more skilful,’’ he said.
‘‘Veni will be very handy having scored two tries in his previous game.
‘‘It’s all about us getting better each game now.
‘‘If we improve in small areas of our game then the results will reflect that.
‘‘We need to dominate possession and add points early in the game to get control.’’
The match between the Drovers and Wagga Ag will be held at Connolly Park with a kick-off time of 11.50am.
Rovers defender Caleb Panell will return to the side this week.