Easter bye will help Redbacks

WITH a number of key players feeling sore and sorry for themselves after three bruising encounters in three weeks, the Easter bye could not have come at a better time.

The fortnight between games will be looked upon by coach Peter Millard and his charges as recovery sessions as well as normal training.

The Redbacks are in the lucky position of having full time Remedial Therapist Phil Strang and professional physiotherapist Sally Lancaster at their service to help the club get through times like this during the season, but with the additional week between games things will be a lot easier.

Key defenders Andrew Bardsley, Cam Peterson, the McGuire brothers and Jason Hoole are all undergoing some form of treatment for injuries with Peterson and Hoole the only ones almost certain to get the nod.

Wingmen Coen Slatter and Kurt Heier will be given only light training tonight as was the case on Tuesday’s run and both are hopeful of playing the next game.

Ray Lawer, Craig Russell and Jake Peasnell will still have to get past some stringent fitness tests with Lawer the only one close to certain for selection.

The big question is will star mid-fielder Kurt Millard be ready for the big clash with the undefeated South Toowoomba?

Millard says yes, Phil Strang says we’ll see and common sense probably says no.

As Souths are the bench mark this season, it may be the prudent thing to keep him off the front line for another week.

The final decision in all of these cases will come down to the selection committee and they in their wisdom will be guided by advice from the medical staff.

The Reddies are sitting equal top of the ladder but in second place on percentage (for and against).

A genuine test of where they are placed will be sorted out in this game and with some other players that are on the happier side of their injuries selection will only go to those that prove themselves on the track Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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