LAUNCESTON coach Brennan Savage will wrestle with solutions after his team's 64-point second semi-final loss to South Launceston as the Blues prepare for a rematch against Burnie in Saturday's State League preliminary final.
``I haven't quite come to terms with the fact that we had numerous chances to convert forward of centre and get dangerous and create opportunities but we lacked the cleanliness we've had during the year and the polish and overall skill level that is required in finals,'' Savage said after the Blues' 64-point defeat.
``We didn't take the moments that we had and use that to build pressure on the scoreboard and retain possession.
``They dominated clearances and stoppages with some clean ball work things that we were just reactive too.
``We were in the game for large portions of it - we kept that getting to a couple of kicks away and it would go to three or four and we kept hanging on and threw caution to the wind in the last quarter.
``We needed to kick four or five for the quarter to overrun them - we kicked the first one and things were looking up and then there was a complete turnaround and demolition in the end from them.''
Savage said he and brother Gene will return for the do-or-die preliminary final but the Blues have injury worries with key midfielder Tim Bristow sidelined against South by a hamstring injury.
Nathan O'Donoghue shouldered an enormous workload as sole ruckman with Jason Edwards also missing and Launceston will need to find some support for him against the likes of Jason Laycock and Tyrone Morrison.
Meanwhile, South Launceston will enjoy the luxury of a week off before its first TSL grand final. ``Like I said to the boys the job is not done - we're very determined and focused on the big picture,'' coach Mitch Thorp said.
``We're now playing in a TSL grand final and we're very motivated about that and we get the week off again and we can work hard and train hard and make some tough decisions at selection.
``I've got unbelievable faith in this group - we've had a lot of things thrown at us this season that a lot of young blokes at other clubs don't have to deal with but they are very resilient.''