Despite a run of five losses, there’s “no reason” why Orange City can’t crack back into the winners column this week against a red-hot Cowra side, according to returning back-rower Logan Brockmann.
Brockmann has been sidelined for five weeks after dislocating his kneecap at work, and will be back to take on the Eagles, who are in fine form after knocking off last year’s grand finalists in Emus and Forbes in their past two starts.
However, regardless of who they’re playing and what form they’re in, Brockmann said the club couldn’t go into the match with a negative mindset.
“If you go in thinking you’re going to lose you won’t have a chance,” he said.
“I don’t know how Cowra travel, I know they’ve beaten Forbes and Emus but we’ve got to go in with a positive mindset.”
Watching from the sidelines hasn’t frustrated Brockmann, who said he can’t fault the Lions’ endeavour.
“There’s no doubt the effort from the boys has been unreal, even from the sidelines you can tell they’re giving it their all,” Brockmann said.
He said the problem with the Lions this season hadn’t been effort of a lack of trying, but a large part of their woes was due to training numbers being down.
“A lot of the boys haven’t been able to get down due to work commitments or family and that makes it a bit hard,” he said.
With a 50-50 chance of rain and a top of just seven degrees expected for Saturday, the weather could play a big part in the game, with Brockmann hoping the Eagles aren’t fans of the cold.
Brockmann was hoping a home crowd would swell his side, as happened when the Lions ran over the top of Dubbo in round three for their only win of the season to date.
There’s no doubt the effort from the boys has been unreal.Logan Brockmann
City play Cowra at Pride Park at Waratahs on Saturday at 3.15pm.
Cowra Eagles coach Col Jeffs is warning his side against complacency when they take on an out of form Orange City in Orange on Saturday.
“We’re not looking too bad,” Jeffs said, despite the side being forced to make changes due to the unavailability of Chris Miller and Elliot Bryce.
“We have Chris Miller away with Country rep duties, we have to fill his position and Elliot Bryce is unavailable,” Jeffs said.
Bryce has been playing five eighth so the Eagles have been forced to make a couple of positional changes for Saturday’s match.
Jeffs said the Eagles outside backs will move in one with Bill Cummins going into five eighth and Jeremy Montgomery to inside centre and Kali Nacina coming into outside centre.
“We had a good win against Emus but don’t want to get ahead of ourselves,” Jeffs said on Thursday.
“They need a win to stay in competition so will be quite difficult.”