Beuge­laar urges War­riors to fire up from first bounce against Bombers

NT News - - SPORT - JACK HIS­LOP

JUSTIN Beuge­laar says Waratah must click into gear from the get-go against the Tiwi Bombers in their NTFL Round 2 clash this af­ter­noon.

The War­riors failed to score a first-quar­ter goal in last week­end’s sea­son-open­ing 18point loss to Palmer­ston, and know a sim­i­lar sce­nario against Bren­ton Toy’s side at TIO Sta­dium will prove just as costly.

“If we didn’t let Palmer­ston jump out of the gates, then who knows what the re­sult would have been. I would like to think we would have won,” the Tahs skip­per said.

“We are good enough and fit enough to come back in the sec­ond, third and fourth quar­ters, but we can’t let teams get a jump on us. If they are kick­ing one or two early on, we have to lock down.

“When mo­men­tum is shift­ing dur­ing the game, it is up to the lead­ers to see that mo­ment and con­trol pos­ses­sion of the footy.

“You just don’t let them have it. Tiwi is a team that can score so quickly, you can’t give them space, be­cause they are so un­pre­dictable. We will have to keep the footy off them. If you let them get on the out­side, they will kill you.”

Beuge­laar said he was con­fi­dent his side would find more con­ti­nu­ity this week­end, hav­ing learnt a lot from Round 1.

“Af­ter you play your first game with a new group of blokes, you sort of learn what their strengths and weak­nesses are, and what can be im­proved,” he said.

“We are not dis­count­ing the re­sult last week, be­cause we were very dis­ap­pointed, but we know we are at the level.

“We had stats on the week­end where we had around 60 or 70 per cent pos­ses­sion of the footy over the course of the game.

“It was dis­ap­point­ing to lose, but the match was a great base to work on.

“The pos­i­tive thing is, there are signs there. We had guys com­ing through in their first games play­ing re­ally well, we just have to find that gel which you get from play­ing week af­ter week.

“Once we get should be right.” that, we

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