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Tough day for Pies

Saturday, 19th May, 2012

By Balldock

The Roos are back on familiar turf this weekend for their round six clash with the Magpies and they will be looking to consolidate second spot on the ladder against a expected fired-up Central. 

The Magpies were far from impressive last week in a game they were expected to do well in and I would imagine they would have done it tough this week on the track to get their minds back on the job.

The Roos have been travelling fairly well and with a few players returning from injury the prospects are again rosy.

This is a important game for both clubs but more so the Magpies who are sitting on the bottom of the ladder by percentage and a win could see them move up and give them some real confidence.

The Roos would have been happy with the form of returning pair Simon O’Brien and Captain Michael Westley last week and they have just added another dimension to the side at either end or in the middle. 

The Magpies really struggled last week to get their hands on the footy at either the stoppages or in the middle and they will need big games from Christie, Heath and Paull who are no mugs but need to get the confidence back and win some hard footy.

There is no bigger test than the Roos’ midfield with Neal, Purcell and Westley who can dominate a game with possession and the disposal sets them apart. The duel in the middle could well decide the outcome today. It should be a fierce contest.

The Roos have a couple of key forwards in pretty good touch with Corey and Boland amongst the goals last week. Again their influence either in the air or at ground level must curbed by the Magpie back half.

I the talls don’t get you then the likes of Davidson, Jones and Philp have the ability to kick quick goals. The inclusion of Sowden will be a big plus with his experience alongside Schinckel on the last line, but the half back line has the big job today with Anderson, Zanette and McClure. 

They must dig in and play with a positive attitude, defend like there is no tomorrow and attack at every opportunity to break the Roos open with quick footy. 

The Roos down back have been solid all season with only a couple of lapses but it does look stronger each week with Bird, O’Brien, Elliott and Paull forming a tight defensive six.

The Magpies will have break these six if they are to win. The work rate of the forwards is paramount; only four goals last week so they must do better and work harder.

An important game for both sides but the pressure is squarely on the Magpies. But against a quality side like South, I think the Roos will collect the premiership points.

SOUTH by 24 points

Alma Oval 2.30 pm

Head to Head: South 1, Central 0

Last start: South 15.12 (102) Central 3.5 (23)

Last three weeks: South WLW, Central LWL

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