Springfield face stern test away from home
SPRINGFIELD'S surge up the Barber Cup ladder could face its sternest test tomorrow.
That's partly because they play second-placed Redlands and partly because it is away from their Springfield Lakes "fortress".
A bonus point win for Springfield could lift them ahead of Redlands into second spot.
The Hawks are looking to extend their four-match winning run, which stretches back to last time they played Redlands and were humbled 52-14.
"There's a few battered and bruised from last weekend," Springfield coach Jeremy Clark said.
"There's two who definitely won't be playing. But I'm happy with our squad. We've got good impact off the bench."
They may have to this week, given there are always fewer Hawks players to draw upon when they play away from home.
"I do keep the team fresh," Clark said of his squad rotation policy.
"There are a few who come in and out of the squad each week.
"Every team is different with a different skill set so you've got to utilise the squad.
"Hopefully the big boys can dominate because Redlands have got quite a slick backline. So the less ball they get the better it will be for us."
The Hawks are motivated to make amends for the last time they met Redlands. But it is a very different looking Hawks side they will face up to this time.
"We got touched up but the team's come a long way," Clark said.
"We have nine different players in our starting 15 now."
Springfield already have an 11-point break on fourth-placed Ipswich and a win tomorrow will put them in a great spot to push for a top two finish.
But Clark is not thinking about the ladder at the moment, knowing if his team keeps winning it will look after itself.
"You've got to go in confident," he said. "I'm not worrying about the table.
"If we keep winning we'll be in a good spot at the end of the year
"I was always confident we'd be in a good spot.
"I think we have done well but it doesn't mean anything if we don't win this weekend."
Ipswich Rangers meanwhile, hope to break their three-game losing streak when they head to Murrumba Downs to take on Pine Rivers in both Pegg and Barber Cups.