Kaniva-Leeor United looks to bounce back against Kaniva

BACK: Kaniva-Leeor United's Neil Reeve will return from a shoulder injury at the weekend. Picture: STEVE BROWN

BACK: Kaniva-Leeor United's Neil Reeve will return from a shoulder injury at the weekend. Picture: STEVE BROWN

KANIVA-LEEOR United will look to bounce back when it visits Kingston on Saturday.

The Cougars lost their second game for the season against Padthaway at the weekend, ending a nine-game winning streak, and will fancy their chances of rebounding against the lowly Saints as they target a top-two finish.

When the sides met earlier this year, the Cougars triumphed by 63 points in a high-scoring encounter.

Cougars coach Neil Reeve said his team would use the next four matches as a launching pad for its finals campaign.

“It’s twice now we’ve lost to Padthaway and come up against Kingston the week after,” he said.

“I’ve got to stress to my players if we’re to be a threat, then we really need to be beating these sides pretty convincingly.

“We’re obviously a fair way off the best team in the competition, so we have to recitfy that.”

Reeve said his side would not underestimate the Saints, despite them being locked in a three-way battle for the wooden spoon.

“They’re a young team and have been going down the youth policy since I’ve been here, which is about four years now,” he said.

“You can’t go to Kingston and underestimate them – it will be a challenge.”

The Saints have won two games this season, both against sides below them on the ladder.

For the Cougars, Reeve will make his way back from a shoulder injury, while Matt Skrypek is likely to return from concussion.

But the Cougars will lose influential half-back Scott Brown, who is expected to miss three to four weeks with a grade two hamstring tear.

BJ Hawker is also in doubt.

Border Districts will aim to end a nine-game losing stretch when they travel to Naracoorte.

The Eagles, who are tenth on the ladder, sit above bottom side Kybybolite on percentage and are in desperate need of a win.

When the sides met in round four, Clint Barras kicked nine goals as the Eagles triumphed by 15 points.

But the Demons have won two of their past four matches and will go into the clash as strong favourites.

In other matches, reigning premier Penola will visit Kybybolite, while fourth-placed Mundulla hosts fifth-placed Keith.

A win for the Tigers against last year’s runner-up would all but assure the side of a finals berth.

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