Football play­ers pre­pare for the Grand fi­nal

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By BEN TURN­BALL

ALL the talk at Sal­ter Oval – and on so­cial media – is about how Her­vey Bay and Broth­ers will play off in the 2015 Bund­aberg Rugby League A-grade fi­nal.

The thing is, many of the ex­perts seem to have for­got­ten about Wests Pan­thers.

They might not be flashy or have some of the league’s top scor­ers, but the Pan­thers have a de­sire to play hard, a thing ev­ery team needs.

In the week­end’s game, the last of the reg­u­lar sea­son, Wests showed how much they were pre­pared to do the tough things in their 28-24 win over Isis.

And what re­ward does Wests get for the gritty win?

A semi-fi­nal against Broth­ers on Satur­day night.

Coach Nathan Tan­ner was im­pressed with the way his play­ers made gains from their ef­forts in the past two games.

“We got the two points and im­proved in ar­eas we had to – es­pe­cially de­fence,” Tan­ner said.

“I liked the way we came from be­hind; the game was a real grind.”

Tan­ner en­joyed watch­ing Hay­den Pri­est­ley and Wil­lie Na­gas do their work and said he hoped they con­tin­ued their good form over the next few weeks.

Prepa­ra­tions for their ti­tle de­fence started af­ter the game when the play­ers sat down to­gether and talked about what they needed to do in the fi­nals.

Tan­ner ex­pressed his de­sire for the play­ers to min­imise mis­takes, not panic and build pres­sure on their op­po­si­tion.

Ex­actly what they did in 2013, and 2014 when they won the A-grade premier­ship.

In the elim­i­na­tion fi­nal this week at Sal­ter Oval, Isis takes on Wal­la­roos.

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