Five areas to make or break Mustangs' grand final hopes
THERE are only two more regular season games before the South Burnett Rugby League final series, so we had a chat with Murgon Mustangs A-grade coach Paul Brunjes about his side's form.
Brunjes talks about how he thinks his team will fare in the upcoming final series, and reveals the five areas of their game, that if executed well will win them the grand final, but if done poorly could lose it for them.
1. Depth of talent
Brunjes said the depth of talent in his team meant they could lose players in vital positions and not be too affected by it.
"That is our biggest asset," he said.
"Our bench could more or less fill the run-on squad."
Brunjes said if his team wanted to win the 2019 SBRL grand final, they would need to improve on mistakes in their own half.
"All the dropped ball has been ongoing," he said.
"We have come up with a penalty system.
"Every mistake is 10 push ups and sit-ups at each point.
"Last week we made six mistakes in our own half.
"I know that can kill us on grand final day."
Having scored close to 500 points so far this season, the Mustangs have proven they known how to find their way across the opposition's try line.
Brunjes said their attacking flair would be a big reason why they could potentially lift the premiership trophy this season.
"One thing we do well is when we can get down the other end we can score," he said.
"We usually work on our attack more than defence."
4. Key players
Brunjes said each of his Mustangs players brought a specific skillset and determined personality to the team.
He will be looking to the halves pairing of Barwoo Fisher and Lewis Hopkins to successfully lead the troops towards the pointy end of the season.
Brunjes said forwards Michael Giles and Wade Stanton were sure to lead by example as they charged forward towards the finals.
Nearly all of the 2019 Murgon Mustangs team were involved in the side's previous grand final win in 2017.
Brunjes said this experience would be a huge asset in the lead-up to this year's final series.
"I am expecting them to take a fair bit from that experience," he said.
"They didn't show any nerves that day.
"I am confident they will handle the occasion, no worries at all."
The Murgon Mustangs, who look set to secure the minor premiership, play Cherbourg Hornets and Wondai Wolves in the final two round games before the final series begins.