THE Horsham Saints will look towards its bolstered backline to turn the tables on the Stawell Warriors in round 14.
Earlier in the season the Warriors put together a strong third quarter to blow the game open on the way to a 29-point win at Coughlin Park.
Alexander McRae, Brayden Helyar and Ryan Bird all missed the round seven encounter but are likely to line up on Saturday.
Saints coach Luke Fisher said defensive match-ups will be important because Stawell have plenty of options up forward.
David Andrivon, Travis Graham have each kicked more than 30 goals for the Warriors this season. Brent Tuckey has 21 to his name in just eight matches, including six against the Saints.
“We will need to be focused on our structures in order to limit the amount of ball their forwards receive,” Fisher said. “If we can win it in the midfield, keep hold of the ball and get our own forward entries then we can get things going our way.
“I would back most of our players up against theirs in the middle so that is where it all gets done.”
The teams look set to face off in the elimination final at the start of September.
The winners of this weekend’s game will likely have a bit more confidence heading into that do or die encounter.
For the Warriors a win would also be a boost ahead of another big clash against the Horsham Demons having lost in rounds 12 and 13.
The improvement of the Saints side will also be tested in big round 15 encounter against Minyip-Murtoa.