Raging Brahmans' warning to Mackay Magpies
ELEPHANTS never forget, and neither do raging bulls.
Whitsunday Brahmans boss Tye Ingebrigtsen issued a warning to Mackay Magpies ahead of their RLM A-Grade clash tonight.
Magpies are one of two teams to defeat the Brahmans this season and the competition leaders promise they have not forgotten the upset.
"There was a bit of talk being thrown around last time they beat us. So we know the clash is going to be very physical,” Ingebrigtsen said.
"They know what was said after the game and it's fresh in our minds.”
With Magpies' finals chances balancing on tonight's performance, coach Steve Jackson said his side would focus on breaking their limits.
"Our emotions are going to be high,” he said.
"I'll be telling the boys to have no respect for their bodies. You need to give everything you have and more.”
A weathered and wounded Magpies will be without shot-caller Nikko Roberts, who was charged with a grade one dangerous throw last week.
Roberts' absence continues a string of key outs for Jackson, with half-back Yosepha Kepa still ruled out with broken ribs.
A handful of injuries has Magpies looking weathered at the pointy end of the season. Still, Jackson was confident determination would get his side over the line.
"Nikko is a vital part of our football side because we lost our half-back Yosepha Kepa with broken ribs two weeks ago,” Jackson said.
"Nikko fits the bill at half-back. As everyone know, that's the steering wheel to a football side. When you lose that then it's going to be a bit tough.”
Ingebrigtsen predicted a "red hot' Magpies unit to march north and was thrilled to finally name his "full strength” side.
"I know how important this is for them. They're going to turn up and we just need to stop them,” he said.
"They know, they have to travel to our home town, in front of our home crowd and I dare say they will be vocal.”
Fullback and marquee player James Salter is expected to make the biggest impact.
Salter had been absent since Round 1 after he injured his meniscus and only made his return two weeks ago.