ALBURY-Wodonga Steamers coach Paul Musarra has called for a big lift from his players against Tumut at Tumut on Saturday.
After being belted 29-5 by Wagga City last weekend, Musarra is desperate to strike back immediately.
“Not taking anything away from City last week, but they didn’t have to step out of second gear,” Musarra said.
“We need to step up.
“I’m not sure if part of it is thinking we are going to make the finals anyway, but Ag College is only seven points behind us and could win a couple and knock us off.”
Tumut is fourth on the table and will look to make the most of the unavailability of key Steamers’ duo Blake Le Cornu and Matt Schofield.
Jacob O'Riain, Simon Clements, Tim Carroll and Nick Mae are playing well and will pose problems for the home team.
“We beat them at home earlier in the year and played a good game,” Musarra said.
“They have improved on their numbers since then and are well placed on the ladder for a reason.”