Roos face old foe

June 01, 2018

Rovers defenders Caleb Pannell (left) and Dylan East will return to the side this week.

The Deni Rovers will meet an old foe when they host an in-form Katunga tomorrow.

The Roos have become one the league’s clear standouts in an impressive 7-1 stretch, and while the Swans are sixth on the ladder, they have been much less convincing on their way to 5-2.

What the Swans can boast is a loaded forward line, led by Callum Wilson who bagged 11 of his side’s 18 goals in a 74-point win against Tocumwal last week.

The Rovers though showed a similar arsenal of forward threats in a 182-point destruction of Yarroweyah, with Ricky Waters (eight goals), Aaron Purcell (seven) and Dave Smith (six) all on fire.

With Waaia facing Picola, a win for the Roos could see them either move to the top of the ladder or two games clear of the third placed Blues.

Roos coach Josh Bode said his side is ready for another big test.

‘‘They’ve picked up a couple of quality players this year and are just starting to hit their stride,’’ he said.

‘‘The Swans have always been competitive and they’ll trouble a few of the top sides this year.

‘‘They have ex-AFL players like Tom Derickx and Callum Wilson so we’re fully aware what they’re capable of.

‘‘We haven’t really had a bad game yet this year so hopefully we’re not due, because they’ll take full advantage if we’re off our game.’’

The Roos will be boosted this week with the inclusion of defenders Caleb Panell and Dylan East.

Tackling Wilson in their defensive end could prove a tough task with Peter Lewis (concussion) likely to miss the clash.

‘‘We have a duty of care for Pete (Lewis) and there will be discussion at training around whether he’s good to go,’’ Bode said.

‘‘Our defence held up pretty well without him at the start of the season so we should be fine if he does have to miss.

‘‘Adam Bodey will have to come up against Tom Derickx in the ruck.

‘‘Bodey’s in career best form at the moment so it should be a great contest between the two.’’

Despite being outsized, the Rovers onball brigade of Andy May, Dylan and Nathan Kerr, Alex Hay and David Smith should prove a handful for the Swans.

Selection: Deni Rovers by five goals.

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