Teachers looking to learn from big challenge
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.