Teach­ers look­ing to learn from big chal­lenge

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMP­SON

TEACH­ERS West coach Terry Shiells is ea­ger to avoid any cliches about to­day’s en­counter against Broth­ers be­ing a pre­view to fi­nals rugby.

The Townsville and Dis­tricts Rugby Union ta­ble top­pers clash at Ig­natius Park Col­lege and, while the two will meet in the ma­jor semi­fi­nal, Shiells says to­day’s game must be treated on its own mer­its.

“It’s about four to five weeks away from fi­nals and a lot can change in that time,” he said.

“What hap­pens in fi­nals is com­pletely dif­fer­ent, so I re­ally don’t think you re­ally treat it as a pre­view to fi­nals.

“But it will still be a good gauge of how we’re com­ing along.

“It doesn’t mat­ter where you play Broth­ers, whether it be at War­rina Park, Mike Car­ney Toy­ota Park or Ig­natius Park, it’s al­ways a tough game.”

Teach­ers were ex­pected to have a tough time in Ayr against Bur­dekin the week be­fore, but rolled the Cane­toads 50- 12.

The Cane­toads were miss­ing key play­ers but Teach­ers also had men unavail­able.

“The boys played re­ally well, and we had a few ex­tra op­por­tu­ni­ties to get more points,” Shiells said.

“You get those type of score­lines when you’re play­ing well and hope­fully we can keep that form go­ing.”

The form sides have met three times this year, with Teach­ers win­ning twice. Teach­ers beat Broth­ers 18- 12 in their first meet­ing of the sea­son in Round 2, be­fore Broth­ers handed the Bull­dogs their first loss of the year with a close- run 18- 12 vic­tory at War­rina Park.

Teach­ers had the last say, how­ever, thanks to last month’s 33- 0 thump­ing of Broth­ers at their Cur­ra­jong ‘ Ken­nel’.

“It’s no se­cret what you have to do against Broth­ers,” Shiells said.

“You have to win enough footy to play, and to do that you need to do well in the scrum, your li­ne­out and be good with your tack­ling.

“Broth­ers are very good at do­ing that, so it’s a chal­lenge we’re look­ing for­ward to.”

Bur­dekin, North Ward and Ross River are the three teams jostling for the two re­main­ing top four spots, with the teams sep­a­rated by a spread of less than two wins.

Bur­dekin will try to main­tain their hold on third when they play Char­ters Tow­ers at Mike Car­ney Toy­ota Park, while Ross River are aim­ing to back up last week­end’s solid ef­fort against Broth­ers when they play North Ward. TDRU Round 16. To­day: 3.40pm Bur­dekin v Char­ters Tow­ers, Mike Car­ney Toy­ota Park; 4pm Broth­ers v Teach­ers West, Ig­natius Park Col­lege; 5.10pm Ross River v North Ward, Mike Car­ney Toy­ota Park.

Teach­ers West coach Terry Shiells.

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