Perry has faith in team to hit back

LATROBE coach Dale Perry has shown faith in the side which lost to Penguin by 32 points last round.
HangZhou Night Net

The Demons have made no changes for their away game against the undefeated Wynyard tomorrow.

“We thought we were OK last week, and had chances to win the game,” Perry said.

“I looked at the side and thought our best 22 last week is the same best 22 for this week.”

Perry is under no illusions about the quality of opposition his side will face.

After all, he selected 12 Cats in the NTFL representative squad earlier this week.

However, Perry said the reigning premier was focused on controlling what it could do right, not what the opposition could do wrong.

“Wynyard’s strength is their depth,” Perry said.

“You can’t focus on one or two of their players.

“What we have been doing is focusing on playing the way we want to play.”

Wynyard has made three changes to the side which defeated East Devonport by 41 points last weekend, with captain Daniel Franks, Craig Stretton and David Fitzpatrick set to further bolster the Cats.

Rhys Phillips will miss the game with work commitments, Tom Russell is out with an illness, while Caleb Alford will return to the under 19s.

In this weekend’s other game, Smithton will be looking to make it consecutive wins for the first time this season when it travels to meet East Devonport.

Luke Viney, a late withdrawal last week, returns to the Saints’ side for Josh Smith.

After impressive performances against Ulverstone last week, youngsters Mitch Kay and Aiden Coomb have retained their spots in Smithton’s 22.

East Devonport has been forced to find replacements for the injured Bradley French and Mark Marriott, while Brady Stubbs and Chris Poole have been omitted.

Michael Bloomfield, Rodney Coglan, Kurt Jeffrey and George McLachlan will all come into the Swans’ side.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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