NOT DONE YET: Cutters coach Steve Sheppard said his men would play finals quality football in the remaining ISC rounds.
NOT DONE YET: Cutters coach Steve Sheppard said his men would play finals quality football in the remaining ISC rounds. Aidan Cureton

Not out until 'mathematically' impossible

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Mackay Cutters were left with the faintest scent of top-eight contention after they lost the critical Sunshine Coast Falcons clash on Sunday.

Still, coach Steve Sheppard said his men would pursue that scent like hound dogs until their finals chances were 'mathematically impossible '.

"It will be tough. We need to win all three and Redcliffe need to lose three,” Sheppard said. "Plus we have a big differential to make up for.”

The team keeping them from eighth place, Redcliffe Dolphins, did the Cutters no favours with a demoralising 43-0 win over Eastern Suburbs.

Sheppard said his men would bring finals quality determination to their next few rounds, but would be relying on a depleted roster to do so this weekend.

He said his men still hurt from their Falcons loss.

Dan Russell was ruled out after he suffered his second head knock in four weeks.

Marcus Jensen and Alex Gerrard are in question as to whether they will be fit for the weekend. Jayden Batchelor and Whitsunday Brahmans player Augustus Rangihuna are potential fill-ins if the two do not recover.

The Cutters' bench was also impacted because of Rugby League Mackay A-Grade injuries.

Blake Atherton from Wests and Sarina Crocodiles' Kyle Kennedy are out injured from their local league games.

"I could bring Jack Brock into the starting team for Alex and look at bringing John O'Brien into the side somewhere,” Sheppard said.

Despite the changes, the coach said how well his men had fared against the competition leaders last weekend would give them confidence.

"We want to make it as hard for anyone in finals as possible, and we want to finish as close to the top eight as possible,” he said.

"The season is not over just yet; mathematically we can make it.

"Especially because we face Redcliffe in the final round.”



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