Roost­ers ‘ qui­etly con­fi­dent of up­set’

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON michael. thompson@ news. com. au

THE Bur­dekin Roost­ers sprang one of the sea­son’s big up­sets against Broth­ers, and they are hop­ing to do it again tonight on their home turf.

The Roost­ers host Broth­ers at Ayr Rugby Park, where they can all but lock up a spot in the Townsville and Dis­tricts Rugby League top four.

Bur­dekin beat Broth­ers 24- 18 the last time the teams met back in May, one of two losses the Brethren have suf­fered this year.

The re­sult was Broth­ers’ first loss of the sea­son, even though the tra­di­tional pow­er­houses re­cov­ered to win their next six games, while Bur­dekin have won just two of their past six.

The Roost­ers are also com­ing off a 30- 28 loss to Char­ters Tow­ers, a re­sult which has seen Cen­trals and Char­ters Tow­ers move to within two wins of sneak­ing a fi­nals’ berth.

“It’s al­ways a big game host­ing Broth­ers, but on a Fri­day night just four weeks be­fore fi­nals makes it even big­ger,” Bur­dekin coach Cameron Miller said.

“We’ll have to be at our best to win, but we’re qui­etly con­fi­dent.

“I’ve said it be­fore, but I think Broth­ers are the best in the com­pe­ti­tion and you have to com­pete in ev­ery tackle.

“They have play­ers like Jack Keller, Matt Laumea and Cade Maloney who I think are Q Cup play­ers, and then you also have some­one like Roy Baira who might be a lit­tle bit older, but he’s one of the most com­posed play­ers in the league.”

Bur­dekin had three play­ers – Shane Cliff, Mitchell Guy and Blake Hol­ly­wood – rep­re­sent Townsville in last week­end’s 84- 1 win over Cen­tral High­lands, and the trio are ex­pected to be on deck for tonight’s clash.

But a hand­ful of other key per­son­nel, in­clud­ing play­maker Jor­dan Bein are in­jured.

“There’s a few for­wards out and Jor­dan Bein was great for us in that win against Broth­ers, so he’s a big loss.

“But we’re more than con­fi­dent with the lo­cal guys we have in place, and we’ll re­group.”

The Crush­ers and Lions play a lo­cal block­buster at the Townsville Sports Re­serve to­mor­row, and Cen­trals and Char­ters Tow­ers clash at Bill Lewis Oval in a game that could make or break fi­nals’ hopes.

Univer­sity host Norths in to­mor­row’s other game. TDRL Round 13. Tonight: 8pm Bur­dekin Broth­ers, Ayr Rugby Park.

To­mor­row: 4.30pm Univer­sity v Norths, Joe Baker Field ( JCU); 5pm West­ern Lions v Her­bert River, Sports Re­serve; Char­ters Tow­ers v Cen­trals, Bill Lewis Oval v

Bur­dekin coach Cameron Miller.

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