Miners need to dig deep for finals spot
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.