WYNYARD coach Shannon Bakes will roll the dice in today’s clash with Latrobe.
The Cats are undefeated and sit comfortably on top of the ladder, but Bakes believes there is still room for improvement against the Demons, who he said are a different team to that which won last year’s premiership.
“They’ve changed their gameplan, they’re a run and carry team now, but still very dangerous,” Bakes said.
“We’ve got a bit of run too but we have brought in some bigger players to give us a height advantage.
“We’ve been evaluating our structures over the first couple of weeks and we’ve got to the stage where we are almost set, we’re just putting the last part in tomorrow (today).
“It’s trial and error, and who knows it might not work, but we’re prepared to risk it if there is a chance to move forward.”
The bigger bodies Bakes referred to are defenders Craig Stretton and David Fitzpatrick.
Wynyard’s back line will also be bolstered by the return of captain Daniel Franks, however Gregg Sharman, the full-back in last year’s TSL team of the year, is another week away from returning from a hamstring injury and illness.
“He was probably right to play but it’s a long season so we decided to give him another week,” Bakes said.
Meanwhile, Latrobe has not made a change to the side which was defeated by Penguin last week.
Demons coach Dale Perry said his team would have to execute the basics properly if it was to claim the away win.
“To win at Wynyard it is important to get your hands on the football first, use it well and then work as a team to fill the gaps,” Perry said.
“We’ve been doing lots of transition work at training.
“If Wynyard grabs hold of the momentum we want to be able to stop it.”
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.