A Springfield player is grabbed by the West End defence during the recent under-18 clash at North Ipswich Reserve.
A Springfield player is grabbed by the West End defence during the recent under-18 clash at North Ipswich Reserve. David Nielsen

Roosters hope layoff won't cost

ROSEWOOD coach Herb McGeary hopes his team can overcome its involuntary mid-season hiatus when the Challenge Cup resumes this weekend.

Laidley hosts Springfield, while Lowood welcomes Rosewood and Redbank Plains has the bye.

For Rosewood it will be its first game in five weeks, with McGeary naturally concerned about his team's match fitness.

Three byes and a match abandoned because of a lights failure means the Roosters will be underdone when they play Lowood, with second place on the ladder on the line.

“I thought three weeks without a game was bad, now we've got five,” McGeary said.

“But I don't think Lowood will pull out on us.”

The good news for Rosewood is that training numbers have remained strong, so it should have a full complement to choose from on Saturday.

The closest the Rosewood Challenge Cup team has got to a game recently has been its weekly opposed training runs against the club's Division 2 squad.

“We should have 90 per cent to pick from,” McGeary said.

“It's hard when we don't have match fitness.

“We'll have to try to rotate our forwards so they last.”

McGeary expects an intense battle from Rosewood's country rivals.

“We've just got to hang in there,” he said.

“They're a pretty fit side and they do the little things right – hold on to the ball and complete their sets.

"It won't be easy.”

McGeary is also hoping for more of the same from the competition's leading try scorer and point scorer, winger Beau White.

“He's only young, only 17,” the coach said.

“We tried him at fullback but he didn't like it.

“He's very dangerous and I thought fullback was his spot, because he could pick and choose where he attacked.

“He thinks he's a half or five-eighth.”

One thing McGeary knows for sure is White can score tries, with 11 to his name already this season, four more than nearest rival, Springfield prop Zeb Nuuola.

“He can sniff it out of anything,” McGeary said.

“If you're in trouble he can find a try.

"I haven't seen anyone run him down yet.”

McGeary is also tipping big things from another bright prospect, 18-year-old front-rower Sam Stanley.

State of play

Challenge Cup points after eight rounds: Springfield 16, Lowood Tarampa 9, Rosewood 9, Redbank Plains 4, Laidley 4.

Leading point scorers: Beau White (Rosewood) 44, Corey Kirk (Springfield) 42, Wayne Hayes (Lowood) 30, Daniel Wilson (Laidley) 30, Zeb Nuuola (Springfield) 28.

Top try scorers: Beau White (Rosewood) 11, Zeb Nuuola (Springfield) 7, Kris Kirk (Springfield) 6, Michael Tilly (Springfield) 6, Ray Erbacher (Lowood) 4.

Best & Fairest: Michael Frohloff (Lowood) 6 pts, Setu Vai Vai (Springfield) 6 pts, Josh Mair (Lowood) 5 pts, Zeb Nuuola (Springfield) 5 pts, Sasagi Tuilaepa (Springfield) 4 pts.