Townsville A grade preview: Burdekin v Western Lions
Townsville's A Grade competition will see two sides meet in a desperate clash to get into the winner's circle this weekend, with Burdekin hosting the Western Lions.
The home side will be low on confidence after being thrashed by Brothers 62-6 last weekend, but an influx of players that comes with a home game will help their chances.
Western Lions also went down, kept scoreless while Herbert River laid on 22 points at the Lions' home ground.
Burdekin coach Ross Olson says his side needs to focus on their own performance, and not what their opposition will be doing.
"I think we've just got to worry about ourselves, we leaked a lot of easy tries against Brothers in our A and B defenders so we want to strengthen that area up, we want to try and get them going around us if anything," Olson said.
"We've got our fullback [Jeffrey Searle] back this week, we're hoping to be able to play Ty Everett... back in the centres and strengthen that area back up for us."
They have a golden opportunity to post a win, as the Lions have nine players out with injuries, giving some young players to prove themselves to coach Josh Stowers.
"I think we've got about nine players out this week with niggling injuries and stuff, so we've given a couple of young guys another shot at some A Grade," Stowers said.
"Burdekin has had a bit of a tough year so we're not going down thinking it's going to be easy so I think it's going to be won in the middle."
The Lions coach isn't worried about his side's confidence after failing to score a point last week, saying they were unlucky not to turn the momentum.
"Watching the video, it was a good strong game ... a couple of moments in that game we could have changed the momentum of the game but it wasn't meant to be," he said.
"We don't have to change much of what we did last week, we just have to be better at finishing and when it gets to those tough periods we need to stand up."