Final on for Wattles in the TRL A-grade competition
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Wattles Warriors may have appeared in four TRL series in the past five years, including two premiership wins but experienced coach Gary Lawrence says it's nil-all achievement wise when his side runs on against the Highfields Eagles in tomorrow's 7pm knockout semi-final at Clive Berghofer Stadium.
"Nothing matters except the game ahead of us,” Lawrence said.
"And that's what the 17 selected players to run on Saturday will be thinking.”
"We have played some great footy over the past couple of months, and thankfully some key players who have struggled with long-term injury will be back on deck, but the finals series is another level of competition.”
Indeed, Highfields have had a great year in 2017 and are represented in the TRL finals series in all senior grades.
Wattles walloped the Eagles at Highfields 46-18 a fortnight back but received a taste of the finals standard footy in their last outing when they finished behind Valleys 33-26.
Handy bench utility player Michael Duggan is an absentee for the semi-final while talented five-eighth Josh Henry will have a pre-match fitness test to decide if he plays.
"It's just another game but the tempo will lift,” Lawrence said.
"The game plan is to do the simple things right; basic errors let us down last week.”
Wattles forwards have certainly stepped up to the mark in recent weeks.
"If they take us forward and give halfback playmaker Matt Duggan and his backs the required room, we will be competitive,” Lawrence.
First game Saturday at 2pm, A grade at 7pm.