Sharks shuffle stars into forward pack
SOUTHS will welcome back co-captains Jardine Bobongie and Ryan Kinlyside for Sunday's Rugby League Mackay A-Grade semi-final against Wests.
The Sharks were without Bobongie and Kinlyside for last weekend's 24-16 defeat to the Tigers.
Coach Wayne Barnett confirmed the key duo would return for the Sharks at the expense of Cutters-bound Sheldon Bobbert and Brendan Treston.
Barnett said if the Sharks are to make a deep run into the post-season, experience will be an important factor.
Bobongie and Kinlyside offer that in spades.
"Our experience and our forward pack (are key),” Barnett said.
"I think our forwards are really just rolling their sleeves up and doing the hard yards. I've been really impressed with them all year; they give our finishers an opportunity to do it all out the back.
"We've put this squad together with experience in mind and hopefully that helps us in the times when you need to do the right things.
"Experience is the key and our squad is full of it.”
Even in defeat, Barnett said he took confidence in how his side handled themselves against the reigning premiers in what he labelled "a practice match” last weekend.
"We've looked back on that game at things we can do better and at what Wests did really well. We'll be able to combat that stuff now,” he said.
"It was a unique situation we got put in on the weekend. This time we'll know more about them and them about us.”
Barnett saw enough from his players at training through the week to know finals football is an entirely different beast.
"It changes nearly every aspect of what you do,” he said.