A 53-point round one win appears to be a distant memory for North Launceston heading into its home night clash with Kingborough.
Six goals from Taylor Whitford ensured the Bombers were comfortable winners in their season opener, but the premiership coach is expecting a much hotter Tigers side on Saturday.
Trent Baumeler's side registered their best win of the season last round with a dominant victory over Clarence, and with the exception of Luke Graham's three-match ban have named an unchanged line-up.
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"Looking at Kingborough and what they presented up last week they were really impressive, they were quite dominant in that first quarter and basically blew the game apart," Whitford said.
"They've got quality players all over the ground with Marcus Davies behind the footy and [Michael] Paul, what he does forward of the footy and Tyler Carter.
"They're going to be dangerous and we're going to have to play better than last week to put up a fight against Kingborough.
"It's good for the competition that they're playing good footy and good for us, it's going to be a good challenge."
Teen pair Lachlan Cocker and Tom Foon have been brought in for North, with fellow youngsters James Curran and Jayden Harris making way.
Key talls Ben Elmer and Tom Donnelly remain at least a week away.
"I [thought] Ben would probably be a chance but he didn't come up," Whitford said.
"Tom is probably another or two weeks away after the bye."
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