POSITIVE START: Ipswich Knights player Matthew Parkes controls the ball in last weekend's 5-0 Reserve Grade win over Albany Creek at Bundamba.
POSITIVE START: Ipswich Knights player Matthew Parkes controls the ball in last weekend's 5-0 Reserve Grade win over Albany Creek at Bundamba. Inga Williams

Ipswich football team's early caution

DEFENSIVE heavyweight Devon Munn will join teammates Dale Robinson and Brodie Kenyon on the sideline when the Ipswich Knights tackle Rochedale in their latest Brisbane Premier League encounter.

Munn is being rested after suffering a slight hamstring strain in the Knights' 1-1 football draw with Albany Creek last Saturday night.

He came off midway through the second half.

Robinson is still out with a similar injury heading into the Knights first away game of the new season on Sunday afternoon.

"We're just trying to manage our soft tissue injuries with our loads and whatnot,'' co-coach Danny Wilson said. "We really need to make sure we are doing the right rehab and prehab for our boys.''

Suspended Kenyon has a week off to rest his sore ankles are receiving two yellow cards last weekend.

Wilson praised his team's commitment against Albany Creek.

"It was good character-building,'' Wilson said.

"To go down to 10 men so early in the second half, I actually thought we ran over the top of them.

"I'm disappointed that we didn't get the three points but it's good for our boys to know that we can battle hard.''

A former defender, Wilson said the Knights scrambled well against Albany Creek with back four Munn, Alastair Wallis, Jason Pillay and man of the match Takuto Kakimoto only conceding when the Ipswich side was down to 10 men.

"I don't think we really got exposed,'' Wilson said.

"I was really happy with Alastair Wallis and Dev Munn. I thought they did a really good job.''

Wilson said overseas recruit Takuto was an "honest, hard-working player who each week seems to be getting more confident what he's doing for us''.

Wilson was encouraged by the impact Knights' second half substitutes Lucas Wilson, Luke Monaghan and Josh Frith had off the bench.

Sunday's match at Underwood Park kicks off at 5pm.