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Tigers ready for Pirates showdown

Emerald Tigers’ Sam Miles breaks through the Blackwater defensive line at the weekend.
Emerald Tigers’ Sam Miles breaks through the Blackwater defensive line at the weekend.

WHEN Emerald Tigers' coach Nigel Soden said the biggest threat to their finals chances was themselves, it echoed an eerie similarity to the pre-Olympic Games comment of Australian swimmer James Magnussen. And we all know what happened to him.

"Our biggest threat is ourselves," Soden said ahead of tomorrow's Central Highlands Rugby League showdown with the Peak Downs Pirates.

After last weekend's showing against the Blackwater Crushers, it's little wonder the remark was made. The Tigers stacked on a mountainous 58 unanswered points by half-time, only to allow Crushers to claw back 22 of their own in the second-half.

Soden reconciled perhaps they did "clock off" late in the game but said it was bound to happen given the huge margin between the two sides.

He was under no illusion they will need every one of the 80 minutes available to them tomorrow to overcome the Pirates and progress through to next week's semi-final against the Clermont Bears. And preparations were building well, with three training sessions a week.

"We regrouped before last weekend and talked about our goalsand what we wanted to achieve," Soden said.

"This will be the third week in a row where we've had the same side, so there's good cohesion."

One of those leading the charge for the Tigers in their finals campaign is centre Sam Miles.

The 21-year-old Central Highlands representative was in exceptional form at the weekend, effortlessly breaking through tackles.

Soden said the former New South Welshman had already been ear-marked for a possible career in next year's state league.

In between games tomorrow, three lucky punters will get the chance to win $500 by dropping a loaf of bread from a crane and being nearest to an on-field target.


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