Home ground record 'safe'

WARWICK rugby league coach Brendan Cussen is confident the Cowboys will preserve their unbeaten home record this Saturday when they come up against Pittsworth.

Cussen said a full-strength side focused on “finding the right option on the field” would put pressure on the visitors.

“We didn't play as well as we should have last week, but we fixed a few things at training and we should do better tomorrow,” he said.

The Cowboys are ranked third on the Toowoomba and District Rugby League ladder after being defeated by Valleys in a 32-16 clash last Sunday.

“Pittsworth is below us in fourth place, so this is a critical game,” Cussen said.

“We need to play well for the next four matches to make the finals.”

When the two sides last met, early in the season, Pittsworth triumphed winning 26-24 in a tight game. But Cussen believes his young charges have the momentum to retain their unbeaten - including a game draw - run at Father Ranger Oval.

“The boys like playing at home and they are determined,” Cussen said.

He said play against the disciplined Pittsworth side would centre on the forwards with a strong defensive push needed to create vital room in the centres for Brock Grayson and Jesse McIvor.

“We will need to play a smart defensive game, because our opposition are well drilled, but they have a basic set up.”

Cussen said he was also expecting playmaker Dan Murphy and five-eighth Shane Hooper to make a difference in the clash.

Action kicks off with the C grade at 3pm on Saturday at Father Ranger Oval with the A grade clash expected to start at 7pm.

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