Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Bombers, Bluebirds Building; A-Grade Rivalsadopt Similartactics in 2019

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Bombers, Bluebirds Building; A-Grade Rivalsadopt Similartactics in 2019

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Byline: David Lems david.lems@qt.com.au

Game day

RLI Rd 3: Tonight (5pm) -- West End v Goodna at Daniels Park.

Tomorrow (3pm): Norths v Redbank Plains at Keith Sternberg Oval; Swifts v Fassifern at Purga.

LOYAL Fassifern coach Daniel Roos is sticking to a proven formula as his injury-hit team braces for a Swifts counter-

attack at Purga tomorrow.

In his eighth season guiding the side, Roos is relaxed about taking on Swifts in tomorrow's A-Grade clash of the round.

The experienced mentor expects the Bluebirds will have a different attitude at their home ground after suffering a 46-0 loss to Goodna last weekend.

However, he's expecting his team to accept the challenge after a productive pre-season and focus on building up steadily.

"We're always very positive at the start of the year,'' Roos said, having overseen Fassifern's 32-10 premiership victory last year.

"The pre-season has been really good.

"Fassifern always starts slow and that's to do with how we coach them.''

Roos doesn't expect to have a full-strength side until the next few rounds.

His main concern was some early injuries affecting his team, including to his frontline fullback and hookers.

Rake Lemeki Wraight is among those, out for 4-6 weeks after fracturing his arm in the 48-12 first-round loss to Goodna.

Fassifern's other hooker Dan Taber was also sweating on getting a clearance from a shoulder injury.

Fullback Tyrell Woodley is dealing with a hamstring injury.

With seven players returning from last year's grand final success, Roos also has plenty to work on as the Bombers mount another title bid.

"You don't win a grand final in the first couple of rounds,'' he said. "We're just working on what's best for the team and we've got a few new guys . . . (it's seeing) how they play.

"We're happy with the way we've been training. …

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