Marrar coach Shane Lenon believes the Bombers will need to step up a gear in Saturday’s second semi-final against North Wagga in order to repeat their round 18 victory against the Saints.
“It’s going to be a tough game. North Wagga are a good side, they played very well last week,” Lenon said.
“They showed what they’re capable of that’s for sure and there was probably more merit to the win without (Daniel) Jordan there too.
“We only just got over them at Langtry Oval so at a neutral venue, in a final, I think we’ll certainly have to improve on two weeks ago.”
The Bombers welcome back defender Mitch Taylor, ruckman Matt Parks, midfielder Jackson Moye and forward Jason Reid.
“The blokes that have come in have all had good seasons for us… they’re obviously good ins,” Lenon said.
North Wagga have two changes from last week – forward Jordan is back from an ankle injury and Matt Thomas returns from suspension – but will be similar to that final round game against Marrar, with the addition of Jack Flood as their fourth interchange player.
“They’re a bit like us, with a pretty even list and they work well together as a team,” Lenon said.
“The sides are similar and I think it’s going to be whoever turns up on the day.”
Both teams won their home fixture during the season but, if the weather clears, Maher Oval is a chance for them to show what they’re really capable of, particularly if the weather clears.
“I think for everyone you want a good day,” Lenon said. “Obviously (the first time) we played them it was wet and that last game it was blowing an absolute gale.
“It was just an arm wrestle. It was still a great game for intensity and they way both teams attacked it, but I think spectators would like to see a good day.
“But in saying that, you’ve got to play in whatever conditions you get.”
It will be Marrar’s second game in four weeks, having had a week off before and after their final home-and-away game. But Lenon is confident they’re ready to peak.
“That’s how you want it to work out and that comes down to your preparation and the amount of work you do on the track,” he said.
“We’ve certainly done plenty of work and that’s one thing with the group, they work hard and don’t cut corners.
“But one thing I’ve learnt about footy is talking about it is the easy part. You’ve got to go out there and do it and the opposition have a fair say in how you play, too.”