STRUGGLE: Tigers Michael Bailey and Aaron Gatfield defend team mate Luke Adams (holding ball) from Redbacks Tyhe Clarkson and Shawn Brown.
STRUGGLE: Tigers Michael Bailey and Aaron Gatfield defend team mate Luke Adams (holding ball) from Redbacks Tyhe Clarkson and Shawn Brown. Linden Morris

It's crunch time for Redbacks

JASON Wright rates the games against Highfields and University in round 2 as key match-ups if the Redbacks are going to make the final four this season.

The team coach rated the 43-point victory against premiers Toowoomba Tigers on Saturday as the best win of the season.

The game against Tigers was the first of the second round with the Redbacks still to play seven games.

"If we win five of our remaining seven, we're almost guaranteed a top-four spot," Wright said.

Highfields and Warwick are equal fourth on competition points, three wins behind leader South Toowoomba and two wins behind second-placed Coolaroo and Tigers.

Warwick plays Coolaroo on June 16 at Gold Park and Highfields on June 23 at Kratzke Oval, Highfields, and can boost its top-four chances with two wins.

"We lost to both teams in the first round," Wright said.

In Darling Downs Australian Rules, if two or more teams are equal on points at the end of the home and away season, placings in the top-four are then determined on percentage (for and against).

This season, the first and third-placed teams will host semi finals.

The preliminary and grand finals will be held at Rockville Oval in Toowoomba.

Wright is keen for his side to improve its percentage.

"The best way to improve our percentage is to win games of footy," he said.

The Redbacks are without two players due to injury, Aaron Lawlor and Dale Randall.

Wright rates Shawn Brown and Shannon Cameron as two of the most improved players in his squad.

"They are playing better each week," Wright said.

"Dave Walker is playing consistent football and both of the Warwick State High School students, Ryan Grady and Liam Keating,are standing up each week in the open competition.,The inclusion of Tyhe Clarkson, who moved to Warwick and joined us from University, has been a massive boost."

Darling Downs Table

South Toowoomba 32

Toowoomba Tigers 28

Coolaroo 28

Highfields 20

Redbacks 20

University 16

Dalby 8

Lockyer Valley 4

Goondiwindi 0



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