Warrack Eagles v Horsham Saints | Wimmera Football League 2018

PRESSURE: Horsham Saints' Sam Jasper dishes the ball off during the his side's 2017 semi-final loss to Warrack Eagles. Picture: PETER PICKERING
PRESSURE: Horsham Saints' Sam Jasper dishes the ball off during the his side's 2017 semi-final loss to Warrack Eagles. Picture: PETER PICKERING

THE Warrack Eagles will be out to win their first game in more than a month when the side plays an ever-improving Horsham Saints on Saturday.

Three rounds into the season it looked as though the Warrack Eagles were again well placed for a deep run into September while were without win.

The fortunes of both sides have reversed so much since then that the Saints will come into the game as favourites in the eyes of many.

Coach Luke Fisher said his Saints side will not approach the game in that manner.

“We need to approach this game just like any other because we know Warrack Eagles are a tough team,” he said.

“They pipped us in the final last year and it’s important for us to focus on producing the footy that we did last week – and build on it even further.”

The Saints recorded a 55-point win against the Southern Mallee Giants through applying heavy pressure and then spreading well from the contest.

“We just need everyone to buy in and be switched on for four quarters again,” Fisher said.

“If we do that we give ourselves every chance.”

At least two changes will need to be made to that winning combination with Mitch Martin and Angus Gove likely to return to Greater Western Victoria Rebels duties following a TAC Cup bye.

Jarred and Matt Combe will face final fitness tests ahead of the game along with Ben Martin.

Fisher said his side would need to wary of important Warrack Eagles players but that his side had a better spread of contributors.

“Shannon Argall, Ryan McKenzie and Nick Peters have been in their top-three players all year,” he said.

“We need to match their physicality and skill because we’re well aware of what they can do but we feel like we have guys all over the field who can play well in different areas.”

Warrack Eagles assistant coach Shannon Argall said his side had continually been reviewing its approach to the game and he expected a number of changes come Saturday.

He said his side would come into the match wary of the Saints young brigade of players.

“They have a lot of confidence players who are fleet footed and will create a lot of run for them,” he said.

“We’ll certainly be looking to keep all those younger guys in check.”

He said it would be important for his side will want to play well in front of a home crowd.

“The delivery into a forward line will be particularity important for us to generate plenty of scoring opportunities,” he said.

“It would be great to see Dalton Jaensch continue his good form while Jeremy Clayton will return to our forward line as well, that’s always a big in.”