The Greater Northern Tigers 16s and 18s will be hunting Country Championship semi-finals berths when they tackle the East Coast Dolphins in their final Northern Pool games at Tamworth’s Jack Woolaston Oval on Saturday.
Wins over Central Coast at Aberdeen last Saturday, restored both sides’ hopes of finishing in the top two.
But the Dolphins won’t be an easy proposition and will be looking to bounce back after going down to Newcastle last round. The Tigers played the Rebels in the first round for the same result.
The 16s will be the first to hit the field at 11am and are coming off a good win over the Roosters.
“Hopefully it was a bit of a confidence builder for them,” coach Luke Taylor said.
That said the Dolphins will be big step up. They were only pipped by a point by the Rebels, who put over 50 points on the Tigers, and will be “hard to beat”.
“They’ve got a lot of football in their team,” Taylor said.
“They’ve got a big forward pack and some very good halves and their fullback is a great returner of the ball so we’ve going to have out hands full.”
“(But) If the boys turn up with the right attitude they’ve got a chance.”
He had said going into the Roosters game they needed to improve their attitude. They will have to pick it up again he said, but believes if they can do the little things right they will put themselves right in it.
The 18s will follow them at 12.20pm and will be in for a similarly tough game, although the Dolphins are yet to post a win.