STEVE Anderson has left no stone unturned and his training staff have been working overtime to ensure Central Queensland's players are fully recovered for today's final round clash.
The Central Queenslanders went down 15-13 to South Queensland on Saturday afternoon in the first match of the 2014 Graincorp Queensland Country Championships at Rugby Park after a late try stole the local boys' spirited 13-7 lead.
Central Queensland had eight opportunities in the first half to crack South Queensland's line but couldn't capitalise.
The local boys held a 13-7 lead for a long period during the match, but a lack of possession - they only had 35 per cent of the ball - proved costly as South Queensland claimed an unlikely win.
"The defensive effort was tremendous given the amount of ball they had," Central Queensland head coach Anderson said yesterday while watching North Queensland defeat South Queensland 33-15 in the second match of the championships.
"We didn't get many opportunities and we didn't get the rub of the green with some of the calls, but we hung in there."
With a lengthy background in international rugby union and rugby league behind him, Anderson understands the difficulty in playing two matches in three days.
He's paid particular attention to the players' post-match recovery to ensure they're close to full fitness in time for today's final round match against North Queensland.
"The 48 hours after the game is when it hurts the most. It's not the day after but the day after that when the soreness comes through," he said.
"But we've worked hard on their recovery, straight after the game and (Sunday) morning just to combat the soreness."
Anderson said Barcaldine-based fullback Paul Doneley, flanker Lachlan Campbell and outside centre Sam Fairweather were standouts in the six point loss, and had one hand on a Queensland Country jersey.
QLD Country RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Central Queensland v North Queensland
U-19 kick-off at 10am and Open kick-off at 11.30am at Rugby park today.
A-GRADE: South Queensland 15 def Central Queensland 17 at Rugby Park on Saturday. North Queensland 33 def South Queensland 15 at Rugby Park yesterday.