LAUNCESTON have drawn level with the competition’s early runners and coach Alex Gibbins is determined to kept the Blues there.
The Windsor Park-based outfit is in a three-way fight for outright top spot with Glenorchy and this week’s opponents Clarence.
The top dogs have all tasted defeat once after Launceston nudged the Magpies aside by three points last week and Gibbins is counting on another resolute defensive effort from the Blues to topple the Roos at Geilston Bay Oval on Sunday. In round 1, it was Clarence that were 10 points too good for the Blues.
Launceston and Clarence have conceded the least amount of points this season – just 72 and 77 points respectively in four games – but the Roos have piled on 43 more points. The Blues have made one change with Ebony Barrenger replacing Caris-haf Britton.
“We need to put scoreboard pressure on Clarence. We can match them in general play, which we saw in round 1, but we didn’t convert that into a score,” Gibbins said.
“We clearly have the best defence in the league… [but] the biggest thing on Sunday will be skill execution and ball movement as it was very ordinary from both teams in round 1.”