Burdekin must lift to remain in touch
BETTER late than never is the approach Burdekin will take into tonight’s Townsville and District Rugby Union showdown with Ross River in Ayr.
The Canetoads are two wins outside the competition’s top four and have very little time to make a charge after enduring a run of recent defeats, but there is still time nonetheless.
Four rounds of senior rugby remain, and the Burdekin will need to win most of those to have a realistic chance of overtaking fourthplaced North Ward, who take on ladder leaders Teachers West tomorrow at Hugh St.
“I wouldn’t say we’re out of it yet,” said Burdekin cocoach Brendan Casey.
“We don’t have problems with making our way into anyone’s 22, but once we’re there it’s a different story.
“It comes back to patience, and we need to take our levels of concentration up a step.
“When we play footy we can push these top four teams, so we need to bring together an 80- minute performance instead of being in it for, say, 65 minutes.”
The Canetoads play tonight because of a wedding this weekend, with Ross River generously agreeing to make the late- night Burdekin road trip.
Thumped 50- 25 by Teachers West in their last game a fortnight ago, Casey believes his team can hit back by making use of his team’s home ground advantage.
Brothers take on Western Suburbs in tomorrow’s other game at Hugh St.