Hawks aim for top spot

A FORTNIGHT without rugby hasn’t harmed Springfield’s semi-finals prospects in the Barber Cup.

Of more significance in the bigger picture is tomorrow’s clash with competition leaders Pine Rivers at Springfield Lakes.

While players were hard to pin down during the Hawks’ bye-induced hiatus, they were all there on Tuesday night raring to go.

“We’ve just got the bunch together this week,” Springfield coach Heta Pamatatau said.

“I know they’re hungry for a game, especially against Pine Rivers. Because Pine Rivers beat us last time but we didn’t have all the boys. We want to show them we’ve got a good team.”

Springfield will be close to full strength, with the return of back rowers John King and Dane Lautaimi a huge boost.

A win for them will jolt the Boars’ confidence while a loss wouldn’t be the end of the world.

The Hawks are bound to be rusty and defeat would highlight what they need to improve most.

“Yeah, they’ll be rusty this weekend but they will be looking forward to Pine Rivers,” Pamatatau said.

“All the boys know what we need to do. This is going to be our start to the semis to get us on a roll. If we do lose to Pine Rivers, we can work on it before we get into the semis.”

But Pamatatau does not want his team thinking a loss is acceptable. “This is what we’ve all been waiting for,” Pamatatau said.

“We’ve got to win games every week now till we lose. It’s going to build our confidence up.”

GAME DAY

Tomorrow: 3pm – Springfield v Pine Rivers, at The Lakes Ovals, Springfield Lakes; Ipswich Rangers v Brisbane Irish at North Brisbane.