Achilles raring to go for our final tilt
WARWICK Cowboys halfback Trent Achilles is raring to go for this evening's clash with the Dalby Diehards.
Achilles will be a welcome inclusion for the Cowboys, as he returns from a two-week suspension for the trip to Clive Berghofer Stadium.
"I'm looking forward to getting back out there," Achilles said.
"The suspension is behind me and I'm just looking forward to playing."
Achilles will slot back into the No.7 jersey, with Matt Gainey reverting to five-eighth, where he played before Achilles' suspension.
The Cowboys face a tough task against the Diehards, but Achilles is confident the Cowboys can win.
"It's going to be a tough one; it's do-or-die, no second chances," he said.
"Everyone is more intense in finals and willing to play. The game could go either way but I'm confident we can win if we play to our ability.
"We've got to stop their offloads; they got a lot of offloads in their (36-30) win over us two weeks ago.
"We've shown we can score tries all year but we've got to make sure we don't have any defensive lapses, which is something we've been prone to throughout the year and have been working hard on at training."
Warwick Cowboys captain-coach Jason Bradfield echoed Achilles' thoughts about the offloading.
"We've got to stop their offloading," Bradfield said. "That killed us last time.
"They were able to keep playing second phase so we've got to make sure we kill the ball in the tackle."
Bradfield said he had seen his side labelled underdogs but he was more than okay with it.
"To be honest, I'm liking the fact that people have written us off," Bradfield said.
"I like being the underdog so it doesn't bother me at all.
"I don't want to sound cocky but I certainly think we've got the side to beat them. We've got to turn up ready and raring to go."
Bradfield said he would take little out of the loss to Dalby two weeks ago.
"It's a completely different ballgame," he said.
"Finals are funny things - obviously talent and skill plays a part but it really just comes down to whoever wants it the most.
"They've got quite a strong side and the fact that they are the only side to beat Wattles in the regular season this year is testament to that.
"But we just need to turn up with the right attitude and play as we are capable of."
With four Dalby teams in finals action today, Bradfield urged Warwick supporters to make the trip to Toowoomba to help support the Cowboys.
The loser will be knocked out, while the winner will play the loser of tomorrow's match between Souths and Gatton.
The Warwick second division side will be in action - also against Dalby - at 3pm this afternoon, while the Cowboys reserve grade side will take on Oakey tomorrow at 12.50pm.
All games will be played at Clive Berghofer Stadium.
Kick-off: Dalby Diehards v Warwick Cowboys, 6pm this evening, Clive Berghofer Stadium, Toowoomba.