Cougars after win over Spirit

CAPRICORN Cougars are looking to claw their way to a win this weekend and knock the wind out of the Bundaberg Spirit.

The match, described as a ‘must-win’ by Cougars coach Brad Smith, is the first Gladstone game for 2010, and will be held at the Wolves’ home ground.

Following two losses and a draw to start the season, the Cougars are sitting on one point and desperate to take the points.

“More importantly, we need the win to give us a bit of confidence,” Smith said. “The intensity is what’s been missing and last week against the Sunshine Coast it returned, but too late in the game.

“The lack of desire is what has been disappointing as the draw against Mackay was a game we felt we should have won.”

After a bit of soul-searching and a good chat at training on Tuesday night, the players hit the track with a spark the coach hopes can ignite the side for Saturday’s clash.

“It was superb and one of our best sessions, but we need to be able to take what we did at training onto the park,” Smith said.

The game will be won in the midfield, Smith believes, and he’ll be making up to three changes from last week.

“Anthony Hartnell should be back and we think he’ll add something,” Smith said.

Gladstone player Matt Smillie is expected to play and the coach will be looking for him.

“He’s been a bit hot and cold,’ Smith said.

Gates open at 12.30pm with the first game getting under way at 1.30pm, while the main event is set for a 7pm start.



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