LAUNCESTON coach Brennan Savage is hoping his side has learnt some lessons from its 21-point defeat to Burnie the last time the two teams met that will help it get over the line in today's State League qualifying final at Aurora Stadium.
"We have to change a few things in regards to the way we played them last time and we're pretty confident those plans can work well against them at York Park," he said.
Savage said a lot of what the Blues would try to do differently centred around their onball division and what it needed to do when attacking and defending.
"It's not really a work rate issue, it's more a concentration thing, to be invested in the game for longer and realise the moments we need to capitalise on.
"They were really good at controlling the tempo the last time we played them so we will be looking to be more damaging with ball in hand come Saturday."
Launceston will need its forward structure to fire to beat the Dockers and Sonny Whiting will need to have his radar tuned after kicking 3.6 in his last game against North Launceston.
"We had about 30 shots on goal last time and only kicked 10 goals so on any other given day that could be 15 or 16 goals," Savage said.
"We are getting the opportunities and a lot of it might be the by-product of not actually training on a ground for those weeks.
" But we will have a full week on the track this week on a ground that is getting better and it is a credit to the council that have worked tirelessly on Windsor Park to get it up to a good standard from what it was.
"I hope we can translate that into better field kicking, better decisions with ball in hand and hopefully more accurate goal scoring."
Savage was an interested spectator at last week's South Launceston v Burnie game and said it was definitely not Burnie's best game.
"We know they are a better side than what they put out performance-wise last Saturday.
"South were very fit and moved the ball very fast and made really good decisions."They are peaking at the right time of year and have played some good football throughout the year and the game last week was as good as you'll see."