Min­ers need to dig deep for fi­nals spot

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

CHAR­TERS Tow­ers know to­mor­row’s clash against Cen­trals could hold the key to their chances of play­ing fi­nals football this year.

The Min­ers are play­ing to keep their place in equal fourth on the Townsville and Dis­tricts Rugby League lad­der and score their first win since Round 9.

That last win came against Cen­trals, but with the ex­cep­tion of a 36- 6 de­feat to Herbert River, the Min­ers have since suf­fered a string of nar­row losses. They will go into the match with­out cap­tain Adam Shaw be­cause of work com­mit­ments and are un­cer­tain for­ward Ja­cob Stainkey will re­cover from a knee in­jury.

“It’s a bit of a cru­cial game … and Norths will jump into out­right fourth if we don’t come away with the re­sult this week­end,” Min­ers coach Jeff Bur­ton said.

The Min­ers have a tough road ahead af­ter to­mor­row’s game, with en­coun­ters com­ing with Herbert River ( home), Broth­ers ( away), Bur­dekin ( away) and Norths ( home).

Bur­ton con­sid­ers Cen­trals to be just as tough a chal­lenge as any of their other up­com­ing op­po­si­tion.

“They’re a bit sim­i­lar to us in that they’re giv­ing their younger guys a go, and no mat­ter how their sea­son is far­ing they won’t lie down and go away,” he said.

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