Defence key in semi
THE "fire-power" of the Barbarians' attacking trio could give them the edge over the Royals, when they meet tomorrow afternoon in the A-grade semi-final at Fisher Park.
The match-up is a repeat of last year's semi-final in which the Royals won 4-2.
"Last year we came from fourth to win the premiership. Hopefully we can come from third this year to win it again," Royals coach John Taylor said.
In the two previous encounters between the teams this year each has come away with a win.
"We had the early win, but then they got one back on us. It's even at the moment," Taylor said.
"I'm looking forward to the game.
"It's always a good match between these teams."
The Barbarians' "go-to" attacking trio of Laurie and Troy Urquart and Josh Wainwright, will have to be contained, says Taylor.
"We will have to minimise their impact on the game," he said.
"We will be working on our defence and midfield, concentrating on getting a lot of possession of the ball and making good use of that."
Taylor said his side has got what it takes to go on and win this year's premiership. But "it is the team that turns up and wants to win it the most on the day, that counts," he said.
Barbarians coach Kyran Robertson said his team was injury-free, training extremely well, and "very keen" for the semi-final.
"It will be a close match but I think, with our strike power, it should be enough to get over the top of them," he said.
"But our defence will have to be pretty tight as well.
"We all need to put the effort in."
The Barbarians have a good mix of youth and experience that should see the team go though to the grand final, he said.
The core of the team is made up of experienced players who have been well supported by the younger players who are "doing a really good job coming off the bench and giving the older blokes a breather," he said.