HEAVY WORKLOAD: Southcity playmaker Kyle McCarthy will refreshed after the Bulls’ bye last weekend. Picture: Kieren L Tilly
SETTING sights on a top-three finish, Southcity captain-coach Nick Skinner has used thebye to re-energise the Bulls for their charge to the Group Nine finals.
Searching for a remedy for Southcity’s faltering form, Skinner has revealed the team is returning from some late season R and R.
“I gave everyone the week off,” Skinner said.
“I think we needed it, and hopefully we’ll all be refreshed and ready to go again.”
With Southcity precariously perched in fourth position following three losses in their last four games, the bye was a timely break for the team – and particularly playmakers Nathan Rose and Kyle McCarthy.
“What with all the rep footy they’ve (Rose and McCarthy) had a big preparation,” Skinner said.
“Hopefully they’ll have picked up.”
Heading into the last three games of the home and away series, Skinner knows halves Rose and McCarthy hold the key to Southcity’s fortunes.
Despite Southcity dipping to fourth on the ladder, the newly re-appointed Bulls coach has definitely not lost heart or confidence in the team.
Counting down to a critical Wagga derby against third-place Kangaroos at Equex Centre on Sunday, Skinner is adamant the Bulls can climb the table.
“Definitely,” he said.
“We’ve got three games to go and they’re all must win.
“At the moment Roos are ahead of us.”
For Southcity, beating Kangaroos, Cootamundra and Tumbarumba in the final three games would ensure the team finishes no worse than third.
And Skinner believes his team is not far off its best touch.
“We haven’t been playing bad, but we haven’t been playing good either,” he said.
“We can play a lot better. We were playing a lot better earlier in the season.”
Southcity trumped Kangaroos 28-16 at Harris Park on May 2, but have won only four of their next nine games.
Wiping the slate, Skinner said Roos had grown in stature since the loss to Southcity two months ago.
“They’ve come a long way,” he said.
“They’re third on the ladder, young and enthusiastic and (coach) Adam Hall steers them well around the paddock.
“We definitely have to match their enthusiasm.”
The Bulls will not make any changes to their line-up.
On the other side of the coin, Roos are in injury strife, with forwards Chris Jordan, Tom Webb and Tyler Austin all in doubt for Sunday.
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