Ga­tors stay­ing fo­cused

Tablelands Advertiser - - SPORT - Ju­lian Tom­lin­son

THE Ma­reeba Gla­di­a­tors have no thoughts of tak­ing it easy in tonight’s fi­nal round of the 2017 Cairns & Dis­trict Rugby League sea­son.

The com­pe­ti­tion sur­prise pack­ets head down to Gor­don­vale to take on South­ern Sub­urbs with a view to hon­ing their struc­tures lead­ing into the fi­nals se­ries.

With no chance of im­prov­ing on their cur­rent sec­ond plac­ing, the Ga­tors could be tempted to rest their big guns and take no risks.

But coach Tye Inge­brigt­sen was hav­ing none of that this week and aims to keep his men fo­cused ahead of a his­toric fi­nals run.

“We’ll be go­ing in with a strong team for this one,” said Inge­brigt­sen who is bat­tling a bout of flu.

“We have two play­ers out with nig­gles and hope­fully we’ll have them back for the first week of fi­nals.

“We’re re­ally look­ing to put in a strong per­for­mance and give us some pos­i­tive mo­men­tum head­ing into the first semi-fi­nal.”

With ru­mours a spe­cial train­ing run in Cairns on Sun­day was a roar­ing suc­cess, the 2017 Gla­di­a­tors ap­pear primed for a se­ri­ous chal­lenge at the premier­ship.

The Ga­tors suf­fered a slight hic­cup last week­end when they lost 40-16 to Ivan­hoes after re­port­edly rest­ing five play­ers.

But con­fi­dence is high they can field a side close to full strength in Week 1 of fi­nals.

The re­serve grade play­ers will be pulling out all stops to beat Souths and hope Kan­ga­roos can up­set Ivan­hoes.

The Ga­tors are cur­rently sixth on the Re­serve Grade lad­der but can sneak into the fi­nals if the above sce­nario plays out.

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