Unruffled Roosters to enjoy spell before finals campaign

SITTING pretty as minor premiers, Rosewood have the final round bye in the Ipswich Rugby League Second Division this weekend.

The undefeated Roosters will play whoever finishes fourth after this weekend's round in the semi-finals the following weekend.

At this stage it is Lowood Tarampa in fourth spot.

But the Stags will be knocked out of finals reckoning if they lose to second-placed Goodna tomorrow and Swifts can upset third-placed Brothers.

"It's going pretty good so far," Rosewood coach Michael Armstrong said.

"We've still got a lot of work to do.

"Nobody remembers who was minor premiers, except for the minor premiers who lose the grand final.

"Plenty of teams have won the whole season and lost the grand final."

It hasn't been all plain sailing for the Roosters, despite their unblemished record this year.

Armstrong admits they have been in something of a "form slump" in the latter rounds of the season after a dominant start to the year.

"We're just trying to go away from playing dumb football," he said.

"We're not a very big side so we've got to play to our strengths.

"That means running into space, not trying to run over the top of people, which is the typical C grade mentality."

Armstrong believes he has the players to do so in smart halves pairing Cameron Bassett and Luke Madden, as well as hooker Steven Rea.

But the find of the season for Rosewood could well be prop Shannon Turner.

"He's in his first year of league," Armstrong said.

"He's in his mid-30s and played a bit of union in his younger days.

"He was a centre in union.

"He's been excellent for us, doing the hard yards. He's deceptively quick and strong, too."

Armstrong only has to remind his troops of what happened last year in the Open Division One grand final to get them refocused on their jobs for this year's finals.

Rosewood led 28-0 before losing to Springfield.

Ladder: Rosewood 22, Goodna 17, Brothers 16, Lowood Tarampa 13, Swifts 12, Redbank Plains 10, West End 8, Karalee 6, Norths 6.

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