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Intensity the key for Roos

Can Anakie register its first win since Round 17, 2019 this weekend? (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

ANAKIE coach Daniel Bunworth has urged his players to bring the same intensity as they did in stages against Inverleigh when it meets Corio at VIVA Energy Oval on Saturday.

The clash with the also winless Devils presents the Roos with their best opportunity to snap a 23-game losing streak dating back to Round 17, 2019.

Bunworth said despite the 143-point margin against the premiership favourites, there were positives for Anakie to take away.

“At the 18, 19-minute mark of the third quarter, we were about 50 points down, but it was 19 scoring shots to 11,” he said.

“We were pretty happy with the way we were going.

“Our boys spokes about bringing the intensity; we felt we hadn’t brought the intensity against the top sides this year yet.

“We did that for two-and-a-half quarters, and I think, in the end, it was wear and tear, and we ran out of legs against a well-organised Inverleigh.”

Bunworth believes limiting Corio’s ability to freely move the ball will be critical in Anakie claiming the four points.

“We want to be competitive with every contest we go into and make sure that if the opposition does have the football, we make it very hard for them to move the football,” he said.

“I thought we did that quite well at times on the weekend before that last quarter-and-a-half,

“We’re definitely wanting to bring that again this Saturday.”

Despite the ladder showing the Roos occupying last place with an 0-10 record, Bunworth believes there’s been an improvement that can carry them forward.

“Being a second-year coach of a team that is rebuilding, a little bit of expectation starts to creep in,” he said.

“We’ve been a little unlucky with having to make 4-5 changes every game with a few injuries.

“Mitchy Hough’s had issues with his hamstrings, and he’s struggling to get on the park.

“Even myself, I’ve played six of the ten games. Mason Rhodes, our skipper, is another that’s missed a couple.

“Hayden Leech, who’s a stalwart down back, has missed a couple as well.”

Anakie will be forced into one change this weekend, with big man Braydan Riddell accepting a two-week suspension for rough conduct on Inverleigh’s Nathan Mayes.

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