SOUTH Launceston will benefit from an eight-day break before taking on Devonport at the Devonport Oval tomorrow, looking for another victory to retain top spot on the State League ladder.
The Bulldogs are expecting another wet and muddy clash against the Magpies after last week's slogfest win over North Launceston in atrocious conditions at Youngtown.
"Our list is in pretty good nick as far as injuries are concerned and we may even look at managing it this week and give a couple of guys who have played every game a chance to refresh their bodies," coach Mitch Thorp said.
"Whether that means not playing or playing as a sub, we'll see how it goes."
Thorp said South fully respected the Magpies and expected a tough challenge against them at home.
"They've got some good players in their side and are always better playing at Devonport, so we will be throwing everything we've got at them that's for sure," he said.
"We were lucky to come out of last week's wet and sloppy game without injury, which is lucky for us.
"Daniel Johncock missed last week with his shoulder injury and we are hoping he will be back playing in the last roster game of the year.
"It was always going to be a three or four week injury so we won't rush him back.
"All going well we hope to have him back for that last round and then hopefully he will be right for the first final whenever we play that."
Thorp said Johncock suffered some shoulder muscle tearing, but no broken bones in a heavy tackle during the game against Burnie two weeks ago.