YOUNG are red hot, roaring and ready to go in tomorrow’s Group Nine clash against the Wagga Kangaroos at McDonalds Park in Wagga.
Coming off the back of two successful wins over the Cootamundra Bulldogs and the Wagga Brothers, Young are looking for their third consecutive win which will move them to first place on the Group Nine table.
But according to Young’s captain-coach Luke Branighan the Cherrypickers will need to be on top of their game to bring home the two points on offer.
“Oh we can definitely win – I am confident of that,” Branighan said.
“We have started the season alright but tomorrow is a danger game with the Kangaroos coming off a bye in round two,” he said.
Despite two wins in two weeks, Branighan isn’t getting ahead of himself.
“Our defence has been pretty disappointing and the Kangaroos have a player in Adam Hall, who can take advantage of that – the other two sides haven’t got a player of his calibre.”
“It is these games Young lost last year,” he said.
The Cherrypickers have trained hard this week and Branighan said he has worked on defence.
“It’s not a one person show – it’s a whole team effort and I think that’s where we have gone wrong in the past, we have played good in patches but that’s not good enough we need to perform for the whole 80 minutes,” Branighan said.
But the 150 kilometres commute Young need to make could take its toll on an almost full strength side.
“It’s always hard to travel and play away from home – but that’s no excuse for a loss, we are going there with the mentality of winning,” Branighan said.
“Both teams can say what they like – it will come down to who turns up with the goods on the day,” he added.
But with Round Three an away game for Young – they are calling on some local support.
“We would definitely love to have a good crowd there – we know there is a bit of travelling involved but it gives us boys a boost.”
Young take on the Wagga Kangaroos at McDonald Park in Wagga from 2.30pm tomorrow.