Bad attitude must change for Chargers to turn tables: coach
THE TOP-of-the-table clash is the obvious match of the round in this weekend's Rockhampton Senior Rugby League competition.
Norths Chargers, sitting second, take on ladder leaders Yeppoon Seagulls at Browne Park on Sunday at 3pm.
Chargers' coach Charlie Beresford is confident his side can reverse the early round result when the two sides last met, the Seagulls taking the points 24-4 at Yeppoon. But that's conditional on one thing - attitude.
"We need to improve our attitude, to be honest," Beresford said.
"Our attitude has been poor the last couple of games. We have scraped home with some wins but our attitude has not been good and it needs to improve against a quality side like the Seagulls."
Helping Norths' cause is the return of several players, a couple of them key for the Chargers' chances.
"It's the first time we've been at full strength almost all season," Beresford said.
"Probably not since round two have we had such a strong, full squad, so that's a great plus for us and gives us every chance against them."
Norths Chargers welcome back Dan Tanner, Todd Titmus, Brent Williams, John Clayton, Mitchell Smith and Lloyd Steigler.
"Both our frontline front rowers Dan Tanner and John Clayton return and they provide great go-forward for us," Beresford said.
"They provide the platform for our talented five-eighth Mitchell Smith. He's been playing good footy so it's great to have him back. His combination with our skipper Luke Guinane gives us good structure across the park."
Another welcome return for the Chargers is Steigler. Yhe centre had a week off and spent it training with the Capras. Beresford is looking for a big game from his big game player.
"Lloyd is fit, fresh and he should be raring to go," Beresford said.
But the Norths mentor's highest praise is reserved for his skipper Guinane.
"Our captain and hooker, Luke leads the way every game," Beresford said.
"He leads by example. I'm not looking for Luke to step up. He does so every week. I'm looking for everyone else to follow his lead and really step up.
"Luke is an 80-minute player, very fit and he's a good talker and a great leader."
With a full squad at home, Beresford is confident the Chargers can be the first team to inflict defeat on the unbeaten Seagulls, so long as their attitude is right.
"We will have no excuses against the Seagulls," Beresford conceded.
"They are a very good, very fast and very fit team. But if we take the right attitude into the game and do the little things right, worry about our game and not theirs, we will go okay."
The "little things" Beresford refers to have been letting the Chargers down of late, such as consistently completing their sets.
"That's right, completing our sets in attack, finishing our tackles in defence," Beresford said.
"These little, simple things require application, require concentration.
"It's all about attitude, all about application.
"We need to get stuck-in, we can't be lazy, we can't be complacent."