Robb fresh for bout with resurgent Baa Baas

 ROBB College will be looking to pick up where it left off when it tackles Barbarians tomorrow.

Robb prop James Cleaver is wrapped up by the St Albert’s defence during Robb’s last outing. They’re back in action against Barbarians after a few weeks off. 
 Photo: www.pixonline.com.au

Robb prop James Cleaver is wrapped up by the St Albert’s defence during Robb’s last outing. They’re back in action against Barbarians after a few weeks off. Photo: www.pixonline.com.au

The students haven’t played since they thrashed student rivals St Albert’s 46-12 three weeks ago.

But tomorrow won’t be an easy assignment.

Baa Baas will be primed for a big performance. 

They need to win to assure their involvement in the finals.

They can still finish fourth if they don’t get the result but a win would mean it doesn’t matter what happens between Armidale and Guyra in the other game.

Robb is already through and, bearing that in mind and being its  final hit-out before the finals, the focus tomorrow will be really about reinforcing what it  did against Albies.

“The intensity was there,” co-coach Jim Boland said.

“What we’ve been doing is playing well for five minutes and not playing well for 50 minutes.”

Consequently they’ve been allowing sides back into the game.

The game against Albies was as close as they’ve been to an 80-minute performance.

“It was probably a 60-minute performance,” Boland said. “But that was six times better than what we’ve done.”

He said tomorrow would  be a good litmus test.

“They (Baa Baas) are coming home really well,” he said.

“They’ve just beaten two teams that have beaten us (Guyra and Armidale).”

They have a lot of work to do too from the last time they played them.

Baa Baas took the points then and, from Boland’s recollection, they didn’t play well.

“They out-thought us and their kicking game was outstanding,” he said. “Our fellas didn’t respond to that.”

They also turned the ball over a lot.

He’s hoping they won’t be too rusty after the couple of weeks off and haven’t lost too much fitness.

“We’ve given them a fitness thing to do,” Boland said.

From all reports they’ve been following it.

“I reckon they’ll come back pretty well,” he said.

He conceded he was a bit worried about the last holidays but, with finals nearing and their belief growing, he’s not as this time.

“They realised against Albies they could achieve something,” he said.

“It was a lightbulb moment.”

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