TOUGH MISSION: Warwick Redbacks acting coach Ray Lawer and star midfielder Brendan Iles say the ANZAC Day clash with USQ will be a test for the Redbacks.
TOUGH MISSION: Warwick Redbacks acting coach Ray Lawer and star midfielder Brendan Iles say the ANZAC Day clash with USQ will be a test for the Redbacks. Michael Cormack

Redbacks’ depth key for ominious start

THE Redbacks are fresh off a 172-point victory over the Lockyer Valley on the weekend and will now have a week off over Easter before hosting USQ Toowoomba on ANZAC Day.

Midfielder Brendan Iles said competition for spots was hot.

"There are some regular players whose spots are on the line because of how well the team is playing," Iles said.

"Positions are more competitive than they have been for a while.

"Some guys are probably going to have to perform well in reserve grade to get a look in."

Acting coach Ray Lawer agreed. "It's good now that we have the reserves," Lawer said.

"In the past, if a guy missed out on senior selection, he wouldn't have had a way to push his case for selection because there was nowhere for him to play.

"Now that we've got the twos, guys can use them to try and get back into the senior side."

Despite three wins over 10 goals each to begin the season, both Lawer and Iles believe Reddies can still be more efficient.

"The one thing we still need to work on is our kicking accuracy," Iles said.

"We've been wasting some shots in front of goal."

Both agreed kicking straight could be important when finals spots are on the line at the end of the year.

"Percentage could be a big factor," Lawer said.

"We've missed out on percentage before," Iles said.

Iles said ANZAC Day would be a big test.

"Uni are looking pretty good," he said. "It will be big for the club being ANZAC Day."



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