Beugelaar urges Warriors to fire up from first bounce against Bombers
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.
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