TWO attacking sides full of attacking stars added up to a 90-point spectacular the last time West Lions and Wee Waa Panthers met.
West won that 50-40 at Scully Park but cannot afford to drop off in defence as it did in the second half of that match after leading 34-10 when the two sides match up again at Scully Park in tomorrow’s major semi-final.
Wee Waa coach Adrian Sunderland has his side primed to start better.
“We’ll have everyone on deck,” Sunderland said.
“It’s the best side we can field.
“A couple of the boys have some little nigglies (injuries) but, other than that, we’re right.
“Everyone is looking pretty good.”
His side has trained well and had a “good hit out” against Moree in the final round.
He has named brilliant attacking star Brenton Cochrane at fullback with the return of Peter Wenner adding another attacking threat to his side.
Wenner’s ball-playing ability adds another positive to the Panthers after missing the West game.
The Panther pack was also quiet in the first half of the previous match until Leon Taylor and Ben Power breathed a bit of life into its game.
With them going forward and setting a platform, Cochrane was able to run almost at will. At his best, there is no better attacker.
West Lions coach Tony La Chiusa has named Cochrane and teammate Kenny in his “Best of the Rest” side since he began coaching West Lions 18 seasons ago.
Funnily enough, he has also named Matty Nean at fullback for Sunday’s game as well as in his “Best of West” side (both teams will be named in The Leader next week).
“Wee Waa are such a dangerous side,” La Chiusa said.
“It’s one of the best attacking sides we’ve played in my time, especially with Brenton Cochrane in the team.
“He’s one of the best attacking players I’ve seen. So too is Matty.
“We’re pretty lucky too.
“We’ve got the nucleus of the side that has won the last four
“Brendan Hunt, Vids, Matty, Ad Miller – and Chris Hunt has been there for a couple too.
“So too has Scotty Rolls.
“We’ve got a good mix of experience and youth.
“Young blokes like Mitch (Doring) and Latrell (Hampton).”
He is hoping a recent forfeit from Moree won’t have taken the edge of his side’s fitness.
“We’ve had a massive week of training,” he said.
“We know what to expect – just about going out there and
“ We’ve tried to prepare as much as we can but anything can happen in finals.”
He’s had 18 years coaching at Wests and this is his last, he said.
His first two years were as reserve grade coach to John Gutherson and Jim Leis before he took over first grade to win half a dozen premierships as well as tackle Norths when they were at the ferocious and big best in the early to mid 2000s.
“I’ve had enough,” he said.
“Brendan (Hunt) too. He’s also club treasurer.
“We’ve helped keep them afloat and want to leave the club in a healthy position.”