Blues look to bounce back

LAUNCESTON will hope the return of co-captain Brennan Savage can add some physical strength to its forward line as the Blues face the formidable road trip to play Burnie at West Park today.

The Blues are second from the bottom of the ladder with a 2-4 start to the season and are coming off a disappointing performance after going down to Devonport by 52 points last week.

Conversely the Dockers rediscovered their best form in disposing of North Launceston by 69 points and the Blues face a difficult challenge playing a resurgent Burnie on its home ground.

"Last week it looked to be a pretty dominant display by Burnie by all reports and they used their size in the contest to their advantage and their foot skills were pretty good, which allowed them to slowly get on top on the scoreboard against North," Launceston coach Scott Stephens said.

"We were extremely disappointed with our game and it was not so much the effort but it was more the attitude and the professionalism of some of the players and they let the rest of the side down and that's been addressed this week.

"It really got last week off to a negative start, so to speak, but we need to look past that now and learn from it and really click ourselves into gear for a really tough clash at West Park."

Stephens said the Blues had opportunities and plenty of the ball in their loss to the Magpies but had fallen down in attack and defence - areas they needed to be better in this week.

"Going forward our structures fell down and we didn't seem to go inside 50 with any real conviction," he said.

"To have guys taking marks and we were outnumbered at the fall of the footy, which is really disappointing and that's where they seemed to set up a lot of their attacks from.

"Our backs were also poor and were led to the footy and allowed their opponents a metre.

"They kicked a lot of opportunistic goals in the first half that really gave them the lead and had we defended like we should have done that wouldn't have been the case."


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