Across The Waves ready to mix it
THE pressure is on for Across the Waves to prove they can mix it with the big boys of the Bundaberg Rugby League when they shape up against Hervey Bay this weekend.
Across The Waves president Terry Cassidy said the game had not been taken lightly by coaching staff or players.
“This game is the most important. Hervey Bay is the team to beat and if we did, it would show what we're capable of,” he said.
Sitting fifth on the ladder, ATW have been cutting frenzied circles on the training paddock in the lead-up to the game.
“They have been working very hard and every player has turned up to training this week,” Cassidy said.
“The boys are focused and heading in the right direction
“If they're going to win as a team, they know they have to play as a team.”
The Across The Waves forward pack has been given a considerable boost by the return of lock Brendan McKeown and second rowers Chris Amos and Dylan O'Mara ahead of the clash.
Hervey Bay Coach Steve Crawford has warned his team not to write off Across The Waves and has prepared them for what he expects to be a tough game.
“ATW has improved over the last month.
“They're going to be a lot more difficult than the first time we played,” he said.
Despite being hit by a string of successive injuries Crawford said his team was confident it could emerge as a finals force.
He predicted the competition finals would be won and lost by teams' defenders.
“We're going into the finals and the side with the best defence will win the competition,” Crawford added.