Day of reckoning for Albies and Baa Baas

ST Albert’s and Barbarians will be looking to snap back into their winning ways when they match up tomorrow.

Both sides are coming off successive losses, with Baa Baas having not won since they beat Albies in the first game of the season.

Then Baa Baas scored with 10 minutes to go to claim the points.

Albies had bounced back well and were travelling along nicely before encountering a Robb road block.

The biggest issue has been their mistakes.

“We’ve had a couple of bad weeks with our own mistake rate,” Albies coach Tom Newsome said.

He felt the first game against Robb they probably beat themselves. 

Last week, Robb was the better side, but Albies again made too many mistakes, albeit different mistakes to the week before.

“We’ve had a pretty reliable lineout all year,” Newsome said.

“We had some issues with our lineout and issues with our counter-attack.”

He said they have changed a few things up to try to address the problem and why they’re making too many mistakes.

Some of the changes have been forced by injury.

“We’ve just changed up the game plan a little bit to cater for the positional changes,” Newsome said.

“We’ve tried to give the guys a bit better framework.”

Among the injured are halves Matt Houlahan and James Reynolds. 

Houlahan has a wrist injury and Reynolds a torn calf muscle.

Nick Smith will stay at half-back after playing there last week while Ed Richards will come into five-eighth.

He’s been playing more in the centres but played five-eighth for first grade a couple of years ago.

Despite the calibre they’re without, Newsome didn’t feel they’ll lose too much. 

Combination will probably be the biggest thing.

“While we’ve got a few guys out, we’re fortunate to have depth,” Newsome said.

He expects Baa Baas to have a good backrow and some dangerous outside backs.

Not surprisingly, the focus for them is on cutting down their mistakes.

“If we can maintain possession and get some phase play together and better continuity we can score some points,” Newsome said.

“Our issue has been it’s been breaking down after the second and third phase.”

The way they play they need to go further to be effective.

In the other game. Robb heads up the highway to Guyra.

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