Matt Bowen-led Centrals aim to claim another big scalp

Week 2 of the Townsville District Rugby League A Grade finals will start this weekend, with Herbert River taking their second bite at the apple against a Centrals side that beat Western Lions in the first week.

Centrals coach Cameron Miller was looking forward to the game, and his side was full of confidence after eliminating the Lions last week.

"It's going to be another tough game this week, but we're more than confident, we're looking forward to the challenge actually," Miller said.

"We've done everything we think is possible, we've prepared well we are confident it was a good win on the weekend against Western Lions and we had to play exceptionally well to beat them."

Former Cowboys and Queensland representative Matthew Bowen was pivotal in the Tigers' game last week, and Miller is looking forward seeing the little wizard at work again this week.

"Obviously the presence of Matthew Bowen was a big advantage, his game management is second to none," he said.

"Herbert River are a very structured team, so we're going to have to get the small little things right, we've got to make sure we don't miss any tackles really and the more we hold the ball the less defence we've got to do against them."

The second-placed Herbert River are still reeling after being handily beaten by Brothers 52-14, and coach Mitch Seri is looking for them to bounce back this weekend.

"We were really disappointed in our effort last week and probably at times a little bit embarrassing too," Seri said.

"We've had a lot of things to work on through the week and we're hoping we can take that into this weekend's game."

"That's the benefit of getting that top two spot, we get two bites at it so we've got a really good opportunity to right a few wrongs this weekend.

"It's pretty obvious we just didn't defend well, we lost that forward battle, Brothers were rolling through us very easily, they gave their edges a lot of room and they came up with a lot of points.

"Also our discipline, we were on the wrong end of the penalty count quite convincingly, you can't give away that many penalties and invite teams down on your line... so defence and discipline they are our two focuses this weekend."