Taipans must re­fo­cus for road trip with­out Jawai

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - GREG DAVIS

MATCH-WIN­NER Alex Loughton says the Nathan Jawai-less Taipans must move on quickly from the heart­stop­ping win over Illawarra with the well-rested New Zealand Break­ers wait­ing for them in Auck­land to­day.

Jawai is set to miss to­day’s clash with the Break­ers at Spark Arena and could spend a num­ber of weeks out of ac­tion af­ter in­jur­ing his foot in the sec­ond quar­ter of Cairns’ 88-87 vic­tory against the Hawks on Fri­day night.

While Jawai was side­lined for the sec­ond half, power for­ward Loughton stepped up, scor­ing 16 of his 19 points af­ter the main break, in­clud­ing a free throw with 0.8 sec­onds left on the clock to hand the Taipans a stir­ring win.

Loughton said the tough task ahead made it easy for the Snakes to put the sea­sonopen­ing suc­cess be­hind them.

“It’s a dou­ble-header week­end for us so we have to put the win in its place, learn from our mis­takes and lock and load for a team that’s sit­ting there wait­ing for us to come into their build­ing,’’ he said.

“They have their first swing of the bat for their sea­son and it is a quick turn­around for us, so it will be a chal­lenge but a chal­lenge we are look­ing for­ward to.

“They are a very phys­i­cal side and hard to match up on.” WIN­NER: Alex Loughton.

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