The tussle is going to get tough this match
A couple of top four sides with title aspirations meet in this weekend’s Counties Power Game of the Week as Manurewa hosts four-time defending McNamara Cup champions Bombay at Mountfort Park.
The home side has hardly missed a beat this season, dropping only a couple of games and holding down second spot on the ladder.
Bombay struggled out of the gate early before steadying the ship midway through the first round. That saw them put together a five-game winning streak that came to an end last week at the hands of Patumahoe.
Manurewa got the chocolates the last time the sides met earlier in the season and McLean insists his side is highlymotivated to reverse that result on Saturday.
‘‘We just have to play the way we can play,’’ he said. ‘‘Manurewa is a good side – they are up the top of the table for a reason.
‘‘We will have a look and see how they have been playing and try to analyse things a bit to see what can work best for us.’’
Manurewa coach Jeremy Clark thinks his side’s win over Bombay in the first round counts for little now. He acknowledges that Bombay has clearly improved and the result this week will have significantly more bearing on the season.
‘‘After we got the job done [against Pukekohe] on Saturday the boys were a bit sore,’’ Clark explained.
‘‘After our team chat in the dressing room at the end of the match we spoke about this week. We put some emphasis on how this is going to be a massive game for us.