Hoppers look to respond

RENNIE coach Ryan Forsyth says last Saturday’s 149-point thumping at the hands of Tungamah was a timely reality check for his side.

While disappointed with the Hoppers’ efforts in the first round massacre, Forsyth said it had been an early wake-up call for his troops.

The Hoppers host fellow finals hopeful Katamatite on Saturday.

“It obviously wasn’t our greatest showing but we came up against a very good side,” Forsyth said.

“It was a shock, but now we know where we are at.

“We didn’t perform well, and it put a few of the boys on notice, but we get another chance this week.

“That’s the best thing about footy, you get a chance to redeem yourself.”

The Hoppers are sweating on fitness tests for James Leitch (back) and Jordan Adkins (ankle) ahead of Saturday’s game.