QLD Premier Rugby: Magpies Prepare for “Do-Or-Die” Clash Against Wests

By Finn Morton; Photo – Brendan Hertel/QRU Media 

Souths will play their first game since Round 15 on Saturday when they take on Wests in what is simply a knockout game.

For both the Magpies and the Bulldogs, a loss will put any hopes of finals footy to bed.

It’s been a tough month for Souths, who followed an upset win over Jeeps at Yoku Road with back-to-back losses against Easts and Bond respectively.

But after a bye, Jake Strachan and his side and ready to go in what he described as “a knockout game.”

The playmaker is confident that his side can claim vital competition points against an equally as desperate Bulldogs outfit, should they stick to what they know.

“It definitely is a knockout game. It’s pretty much do or die for us this week,” Strachan stated.

“I don’t think we will have to change too much if we stick to our systems that we have in place then that should put is in a good place to win the game.”

Strachan admitted that it is a “challenge” to come off a bye and straight into such an important match, but is confident that the Magpies can take full advantage against a threatening Wests side.

“It’s always a challenge coming off a bye week but I think it’s come at a good time. Players can get their niggles right and we have had two weeks to look at the areas in our game that we need to improve.

“Wests have threats right across the park. They aren’t afraid to run the ball from anywhere so we have to be aware of that.

“We have identified a few threats that we need to shut down like Hunter at 13, Filipo, and Jerry Lynch. If we can limit their involvements that will be huge for us.”

Souths are commonly regarded throughout the competition as a momentum-based side.

In their two games before the bye against Easts and Bond, the Magpies started slow and this set the tone for what would be two frustrating losses.

“The first twenty minutes is crucial for us.

“The last two games we have started slow and then we have been chasing the game which is never ideal so if we fix the first twenty it should go a long way to winning this game.

“We would have liked to have been more consistent throughout the year but now we have two games left that we need to win to hopefully get us a finals birth.”

Souths will host the fixture at Chipsy Wood Oval at 3:20 pm on Saturday.

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