RENNIE coach Ryan Forsyth admits it will be hard for the loser of Saturday’s qualifying final to win the premiership.
The Hoppers do battle with Katamatite at Dookie on Saturday, with the winner to take on hot favourite Tungamah in next week’s second semi-final.
Forsyth conceded it would be a long way back for the loser.
“You never rule anything out, but I’m pretty confident history would show you that,” he said.
“But we’re not looking past this week.
“There will be a fairly big build up and both sides want that opportunity to get a crack at Tungamah.
“For us, it’s just important to find form this week and some confidence because we haven’t been great lately.
“Fortunately, our good run in the middle of the season held us in good stead but we need to get some confidence back.”
Rennie smashed Katamatite by 74 points last time they met, but Forsyth said that counted for nothing in a final.