ALBURY Thunder coach Josh Cale is taking little notice of Tumut’s poor recent form ahead of their Group 9 rugby league clash at Twickenham tomorrow.
Cale said yesterday the Blues were far better than their recent 74-12 and 54-0 losses to Southcity and Gundagai suggested and was preparing for a fierce tussle as the home team attempted to stay in the fight for fifth spot.
Tumut ace Josh Toohey has been named after missing several matches through injury, which adds to Cale’s concerns.
“No matter where they are in the comp, they are always tough up there,” Cale said.
“I know they have had a few points put on them lately, but we expect Tumut to come out hard at us.
“They are a proud club and I would imagine they will want to bounce back.”
Albury is expected to benefit from last weekend’s bruising win against Cootamundra after having almost two months of comfortable wins against the league’s lesser lights.
While there were plenty of positives to emerge from the win, Cale said the Thunder had addressed a lapse in concentration in the second-half when the Bulldogs fought their way back into the contest.
“I thought we went away from completing last week especially for 20 minutes in the second-half,” Cale said.
“We know what we have to do and it’s a matter of doing it.
“At times we need to be more patient and play the percentages, but at the same time I don’t want us to go into our shells.
“I guess the pleasing thing is that we didn’t play that well against Cootamundra and still had a win.
“We just need to tidy up a few things.”
Albury must keep winning to secure the minor premiership.
It leads the race by percentage from South-city who takes on in-form Gundagai at Anzac Park today.
The Tigers haven’t lost since they went down to the Bulls 30-10 in round 5 with many believing James Smart’s line-up is the biggest threat to Albury’s quest for back-to-back flags.