South Wagga need victory to be a chance to play in Twenty20 finals

Joel Robinson is looking for a South Wagga win to boost their chances of making the Twenty20 finals.

Joel Robinson is looking for a South Wagga win to boost their chances of making the Twenty20 finals.

Despite a loss to start the Twenty20 competition, South Wagga coach Joel Robinson believes the equation is simple for his team.

Win and you’re in.

With the top four teams qualifying for the finals next Saturday, the Blues are looking to defeat Wagga RSL to have a chance of making the finals.

Despite a 22-run loss to St Michaels to start the season last week, Robinson was pretty happy with how things unfolded at Geoff Lawson Oval.

“They were better on the day but we didn’t do too much wrong,” Robinson said.

“There is not much more to it.”

Led by an unbeaten 70 by new recruit Michael Mitchell, Saints posted 3-146 from their 20 overs and the Blues couldn’t chase it down.

Finishing their innings at 6-124, Robinson is confident if they can achieve the same scoreline they will be more than competitive.

“They (Wagga RSL) probably have a slightly better bowling attack than St Micks as well so at least one of our batsmen need to go on from a 15-30 to a 50-60,” he said.

“It would be nice as generally in a Twenty20 if you can get one of them to go on it helps with the end score.

“I think we bowled pretty well last week, St Micks obviously have a good batting team, but we didn’t do too much wrong in the field.

“We beat the bat a lot early last week so hopefully we can get a few nicks early on and a bit of luck.”

“That definitely helps with the new ball in Twenty20.”

South Wagga have the best quotient of the three losing sides from the first week.

It gives them the best chance of qualifying if they can overcome a Bulldogs outfit who scored a big win over Lake Albert last week.

“I think it will come down to if we win will be in the finals,” Robinson said.

“It is a good scenario I guess.”

South Wagga have made a number of changes for the match.

Robinson is unavailable while Seb Graf, Col Smith and Louis Orr are all out.

Mark Shepherd, who hasn’t really played since his junior days with South Wagga, is one man coming into the team.

Junior Drew Beavan will also come in while the Blues are still working on who else will step up.

Jeremy Rowe is set to take over the captaincy for the day.

The clash is only match at Geoff Lawson Oval for the round.

At the same time, 1pm, South Wagga and Wagga City will play at Robertson Oval.

Kooringal Colts and Lake Albert to follow at 4pm.