Wallabys to fight back against tough CQU Norths

By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au

WALLABYS coach Aaron Farrar believes his side won't have to search too far for motivation going into tonight's CQ Extended League A grade clash with CQU Norths at Marley Brown Oval.

An understrength Wallabys outfit was subjected to a humiliating 62-20 belting when the sides met in round four in April.

But Farrar believes there is a big difference between the Wallabys side which struggled that day at Rockhampton's Browne Park and the one that will host the competition leaders tonight.

'We're looking forward to playing them ? they're the top of the table team this year ... it'll be a good gauge of how we're playing because they'll have all of their Comets players back looking for a victory,' Farrar said.

While Farrar shares the view previously aired by Gladstone Brothers coach Matt Jones that Rockhampton are unfairly aided through the use of Comets players during Queensland Cup byes, he welcomed tonight's challenge.

'They embarrassed us (in April),' he said. 'They really outplayed us in all facets of the game but we've slowly improved throughout the year and with the semis coming around, the guys have really switched on.'

'We realise they're a very fast, well-drilled side and (their coach) Darryl Horstman is a stickler for detail ... they're an 80 minute side and will go until the final siren.'

Farrar said minor changes had been made to Wallabys' defensive pattern to counter the Chargers' attack but, with his side at near full-strength, was confident little else needed amendment.

Meanwhile, Gladstone Brothers should have little trouble retaining their hold on second spot on the premiership ladder when they clash with the winless Valleys at Marley Brown Oval tomorrow.

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