Bombers muscle up for Eagles landing
THE Goodna Eagles welcome premiers Fassifern to Woogaroo Field on Sunday with ominous intent.
The Eagles have named both their former Kiwi internationals in the starting line-up.
David Solomona has been named in the second row while Sione Faumuina has been named at halfback in his return from a one-match suspension.
Fa Tauaa will start at lock in a monster forward pack.
The Bombers, on the other hand, could be further depleted in their front row stocks with player-coach Daniel Roos in doubt with a knee injury.
They can hardly afford to lose Roos, given Anthony Kerwin has been ruled out for the season due to a shoulder injury.
The Bombers welcome back halfback Kali Nauqe from South East Queensland duty but are without winger Tye Johnson.
Yet Roos has faith in the Bombers' depth, both out wide and in the middle.
"There's definitely guys there who can step up from Reserve grade," he said.
"Whenever you play Goodna, you know it is going to be a big physical battle. We're prepared for that. But it takes its toll if you don't control the ball."
Any team that gives possession away cheaply to Goodna is signing its own death warrant and Roos is concerned about his team's lack of ball security this season.
"It's something we need to improve across the board," he said.
"Just being impatient and pushing passes that don't need to be pushed."
Yet Roos has faith it can be rectified against a Goodna team looking to reassert itself as a premiership threat.
"It's going to be very tough," Roos said. "Whichever side is able to grind it out best will probably come away with the win."
With Fassifern sitting three points outside the top four, it is not desperation stakes, but they need to start winning more than they lose.
"We're improving every game," Roos said. "It's coming towards crunch time for us.
"We've been losing most games by between two and six points. The effort is there.
"I've never doubted that.
"It's just the little one and two percenters we need to improve to get us across the line."