Panthers after Attitude Change in Home Clash

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REDEMPTION is the aim for Sawtell when Woolgoolga pays a visit to Rex Hardaker Oval tomorrow.

Smarting hard from the reality check delivered by Bellingen on Good Friday, Panthers co-coach Damien Irvine said all talk and focus had been on getting attitude back on track.

aTo go from so good against Macksville to so bad against the Magpies was pretty distressing,a he said.

aThere was such a big gap that wasn't about our ability to play footy.

aEverything was about the poor attitude and that's the main thing we had to fix.a

Irvine said after the Bellingen loss he'd half-expected a slump because of the youth in the side and the slightly new combinations.

aBetter to happen now when you have a bit of time to make a correction rather than later in the year when time's almost up,a he said.

Interestingly, the major team change is swapping winger John Fogarty for winger Daniel Quinn, with former fullback Dean McLaughlin coming into the back of the scrum.

However, one of the strongest aces in the pack is nuggetty prop forward Brad Wykes, who missed last season after a knee reconstruction and was one of the few stars in the visit to Bellingen.

aHe's a big unit but once he gets some fitness on his side he'll be a major asset to the side,a Irvine said. …

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