PUSH: Avondale forward Sam Kuhnel tries to break through the Northern Force defence in their 11 try win on Sunday.
PUSH: Avondale forward Sam Kuhnel tries to break through the Northern Force defence in their 11 try win on Sunday. Neil Redfern

Avondale wary of fired-up Northern Force

LEAGUE: Avondale concedes its record will mean nothing if it can't beat the Northern Force later today.

The sides will meet for the fifth time this season in the Northern Districts Rugby League for a spot in the grand final in Gin Gin.

The Tigers are unbeaten against the Force but were pushed two weeks ago, eventually the 40-34 victors.

"We're preparing for a full-strength Force side,” Avondale coach Luke Owen said.

"Our record has put us in good stead but this is finals football.”

The side will be boosted by having almost everyone on deck.

"I'll have 23 players to choose from and we'll reduce that to 19,” he said.

"We've got a couple of little things to work out but the side should be strong.”

The Force will be keen to work on its poor starts, which have cost them dearly.

"Our main downfall is that we have been giving them (Avondale) a head start,” coach Mick O'Sullivan said.

"If we can go into half-time even, then we have every chance of winning,” he said.

Today's match kicks off at 2.45pm.



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