Bur­dekin must lift to re­main in touch

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

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.

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