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Brothers and Centrals looking to test themselves

Brothers are looking to push themselves further out from the pack on the Townsville A Grade ladder in 2018 when they take on the third-placed Centrals on Sunday.

Brothers coach Dave Ackers is looking forward to the contest, and is hopeful his side won't have any rust to shake out after the break from footy.

"After having a break it's quite challenging and we've had a few breaks throughout the year with byes, or weekends off," Ackers said.

"That's a challenge ... to get the ball control back and rolling coming back off a bye, at times that's been a challenge throughout the year."

Ackers also wants his side to seize their opportunity and gain some momentum as they head into the finals.

"There's only two games left going into the finals so we want to improve on our last performance while building towards the finals series," he said.

"It's a bit of a balance, you want to have some momentum going into the finals, but you also want to make sure you're fresh as well and you don't really want to pick up too many injuries this time of year as well."

For Centrals coach Cameron Miller, this is the perfect opportunity to get a gauge of where they are at in the competition, and figure out how good they need to be to contest for the premiership once the finals series rolls around.

"We're really looking forward to it actually, we've got a lot of respect for Brothers, we think they're the bench mark and deservedly so," Miller said.

"They've got a very good side and they've been on top of the ladder or the last two years so for us to be a genuine contender this year we have to do really well this weekend."

It will be no easy task to get over the best in the comp, but Miller believes his side has what it takes to match it with their opposition in the middle of the field.

"We're going to have to play very smart to beat them, they're a very well-balanced side right across the park," he said.

"We're confident with our game plan we can go through the middle of them and test them out through the middle third."