BITS confident but wary of clash

BITS will be looking to tune up for next week's trip to the Gabba following a win against the inconsistent Brothers in today's Trend Interiors/Carpet Court AFL Capricornia A grade match of the round at Boyne Oval.

The top of the ladder Saints have had a strong start to the season and rarely lose games at home.

Coach Rod Spice is expecting a tough game today, but with the Saints at full-strength, he is only focused on victory.

'We are looking forward to this clash to gauge where we are at as a team this season,' Spice said.

'It is great to have our best team available and know that Brothers are going to give us a true test.'

Spice added the form of the Saints younger players like Kane Trew, Lucas Hall and 15-year-old Justin Mountjoy had benefited from the guidance and skill of players such as skipper Darren Boase (pictured).

'I have been impressed with the way our younger players have played so far this season and I am sure they will respond against Brothers,' he said.

The Brethren have had an average start to 2005 with losses against Yeppoon and Glenmore, but Spice is wary of their ability.

'Brothers have a number of good players and we know that we are going to have to be at our best to beat them,' he said.

And there will be a lot on the line in Rockhampton when the RG Gladstone Mudcrabs take on CQU Panthers.

Both sides are yet to register a win this season and it is sure to be a tense, physical clash.

Mudcrabs coach Jason Chirgwin is confident his team is ready to chalk up their first win for 2005.

'We have a strong enough team who can win this week, the confidence is good around the club and hopefully we can translate that into a win,' Chirgwin said.

Chirgwin believes his team's forward-line led by Adrian Murphy and Aaron Barrett is going to make an impact where it counts.

'Murph and Aaron are good players and if they get a sniff can win us the game, while I think Ben Bowers in the ruck and Greg McCallum are going to be key players for us,' he said.

In the round's other match, the unbeaten Glenmore take on Yeppoon at Swan Park.

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