East Wagga-Kooringal are adamant their finals campaign won’t be derailed by Ben Absolum’s injury.
The Hawks skipper suffered a tear to his left Achilles and has been advised it’s a six- to eight-week injury.
Absolum’s backed vice-captain, Joe Scott, to lead from the front and says he’ll have plenty of support.
“Last year, if a few blokes didn’t play well we were in a bit of trouble but this year there’s a line-up of blokes performing every week,” Absolum said.
Coach Gavin McMahon said the setback would’ve been devastating a year ago, but he believes the Hawks are better balanced in 2015.
“Whereas last year Benny, Marc Geppert and Stu Brierty really dominated, they haven’t had to this year,” McMahon said.
The Hawks travel to CSU with the minor premiership well and truly in their keeping and McMahon wants to see a finals-type performance before they enjoy a week off.
“We'll be full steam ahead given it's a dress rehearsal for the full week after and we've got blokes having to play for their spots,” he said.
CSU are fighting to avoid the wooden spoon.