Wagga Heat are optimistic about facing a team that inflicted a 31-point loss on them in round two.
On Saturday at Bolton Park, Wagga confronts Lithgow.
Lithgow hasn’t travelled well, with four losses and two wins on the road, and four wins from four at home.
“That’d be nice, if they show up in body and not in spirit,” Wagga coach Colin Reed said.
“That being said, we’ve worked through our weaknesses. Our offense hinges on penetration, last week we didn’t penetrate anywhere near enough, we made it to the foul line six times.”
At training, Reed has ironed out offensive and defensive kinks.
“I asked them to look to Shaun Carter and Josh McPherson, they stopped the Hawks from getting into the danger zone,” Reed said.
Wagga’s top-scorer and captain Zac Maloney’s injured and under doubt; Reed won’t be taking any risks.
“It’s no good having him at 80 per cent and then missing another four weeks,” he said.
The match starts at 6.30pm.
Wagga Blaze, the local women’s team, have a bye.