USQ will pressure Redbacks

MISSING key players, such as Steve Martin and Bryce Bodsworth from defence and Matt Sinkins through the mid-field, the task of overcoming USQ Cougars at Slade Park today suddenly becomes a lot more difficult.

The Reddies got away with a win last week against Dalby due to a few individual efforts.

AFL, being a team sport, and USQ, being a far better team than Dalby, the Redbacks will need to adjust their game from individual efforts to team play if they are to have any chance of victory in today’s encounter.

Replacements for the game are likely to be Dale Randall, Wayne Trim and Kurt Heier, with Gavin O’Leary and Dennis Ganley also on the return from enforced lay-offs. Alex Cutmore, Stewart Day and Kris Millard will this morning be tested for fitness due to recurring injuries.

Club captain Brendan Iles has been targeted by the opposition on a number of occasions this season and nothing will change in this game.

With centre clearances firmly on his shoulders, teamwork again becomes the key word for victory.

Cameron Scutts will have the major responsibility of the centre bounce ruck work with assistance from Ganley around the ground.

The cougars will be hungry to regain their early season form and use the Redbacks as a springboard for a second half of the season assault on the league finals.

They will get their wish if the Reddies are unprepared to play smart football and look for their forwards in Aaron Lawlor, Jason Wright and Day (if available).

Just bombing away into a competition in the forward line will be disastrous against this opposition as they have some of the best crumbers in the game and will use that to their own advantage.

Coach Peter Millard will impress upon the players the need for a full-on effort for all four quarters of the game.

The aim will be to hold third spot at the half-way mark of the season and with both USQ and Coolaroo snapping at their heals, a win can be the only thought in the minds of all players.

Junior Redbacks will kick off with U/810s at 8.30am, followed by the U12s at 9.40am.

The U16s and U14s will change time slots for the day and play at 11am and 12.30pm.

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