Brothers v Western Lions in key clash
The Townsville District Rugby League A Grade competition will feature a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday between the undefeated Brothers side, and the Western Lions who are sitting at two wins and one loss for 12 points.
A win will see the Western Lions move into outright second, at least until Herbert River play, while a loss will push Brothers further up the table.
Brothers are undefeated in 2018 with 16 points, but were pushed to their limit in Round 4 against the fifth-placed Norths Devils, clinching the win by one point.
Coach Dave Ackers said if they want to get over the Lions, they'll need to put in a better performance than previous weeks.
"I think we just need to go back to basics and tighten up our defence, we let too many points in against Norths," Ackers said.
"If we can be a bit better defensively I'm sure we'll be in a good position to win the game."
They'll be in for a tough game against a Western Lions side coming off the back of a big win against the Charters Towers Miners, and eager to push themselves up the ladder.
The extra incentive of proving that Brothers can be beaten is also there for the Lions, with the Townsville-based club yet to take on the ladder leaders in 2018.
Lions coach Josh Stowers wants to see his side play as much football as they can in their opposition's end of the field.
"We just need to complete our sets, hold the ball and keep it away from them," Stowers said.
"They've got some strike weapons like [Michael] Parker-Walshe... getting them around the park so we just need to hold the ball, get to our kicks and then just work for field position."