SET TO COLLIDE AGAIN: Maroochydore’s Rick Portingale tackles a Toads player. The two teams will meet again on Saturday.
SET TO COLLIDE AGAIN: Maroochydore’s Rick Portingale tackles a Toads player. The two teams will meet again on Saturday. Patrick Woods

Five into four doesn’t work for Toads

RUGBY UNION: With four teams in a five-team Sunshine Coast competition earning berths in finals, the pressure is on the lowly Toads.

Last with four rounds remaining in a 20-round season, the Hamish Proctor-coached side has a prime opportunity to get out of the danger zone on Saturday when it meets fourth-placed Maroochydore at Cotton Tree.

“I think this weekend is probably going to tell a fair story in terms of how that table turns out so we know we’ve got a job of it,” he said.

Just one point separates the sides.

“We’ll be alive up until our last game but the reality is if we can get the win this weekend we sneak out of that spot and we can really start building to hopefully a successful finals campaign.”

Proctor still has plenty of faith in his charges.

“I’ve been confident all year. It’s just a matter of whether we turn up in the right head space on the day,” he said.

“We’ve been competitive in patches throughout the season and we have had a couple of wins in the past few weeks so the boys have their tails up a bit.”

It’s coming off a last-start bye but defeated reigning premier University a fortnight ago.

Unbeaten Noosa will host the Barbarians on Saturday while Caloundra has a bye.

STEELE TAYLOR



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