PUSHING THROUGH: Wests' Danny Moran looks for a gap against The Waves last week.
PUSHING THROUGH: Wests' Danny Moran looks for a gap against The Waves last week. Paul Donaldson BUN200816RUG11

Wests prepared for semi-final challenge

WESTERN Suburbs are hoping the break for Hervey Bay has a major impact tomorrow.

After a stirring win over The Waves last week 16-10 in the major semi-final, the Panthers will now face the Seagulls this week for a spot in the grand final.

With the Bay winning 17 straight matches, including a 50-point smashing of Wests in their last match, it looks to be a tough challenge.

The only positive for the Panthers heading into the contest is the break Hervey Bay have had before today.

With a bye in the final round of the regular season, it has been almost three weeks since they last played.

Coach Nathan Tanner said that was something the Panthers aimed to take advantage of.

"They've had too many weeks off and we've got the ascendancy,” he said.

"We'll just take that as an attitude and use that to help us this week.”

Tanner said the team also couldn't rely on a repeat of what happened last Saturday against The Waves.

"You are only as good as your last game,” he said.

"We have just got to go back, regroup and be ready for this week.”

Playing a small side last week Tanner said he might have to make a few changes to combat the Bay's attack.

"I'll look at the side, see how we pull up and make changes.”

With the last contest against Hervey Bay giving the team a wake-up call as well, Wests captain Josh Garden said they would be ready this week.

The two teams will battle tomorrow at 6.30pm at Salter Oval.



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