QUEANBEYAN Kangaroos captain Troy Whiley admits his side must lift for Sunday’s major semi-final against the Queanbeyan Blues or face potential embarrassment.
After an inspired performance against the Blues just three weeks ago, the Kangaroos have slumped over the past fortnight.
The Kangaroos wrapped up their regular season campaign with an underwhelming 16-6 victory over the Woden Valley Rams at Freebody Oval last Saturday.
Following on from the side’s defeat at the hands of Tuggeranong a fortnight ago, the Roos will be able to take little recent confidence into this weekend’s local derby.
“If we dish up what we’ve produced the last couple of weeks against the Blues, they will beat us,” Whiley acknowledged.
“At the end of the day, we’ve shown that if we turn up with the right attitude we’ll be competitive but we haven’t been doing that.
“We’re playing well in patches and then letting sides of the hook and we can’t do that against the Blues because they’ll hurt us and we’ll be down 40-0 pretty quick.”
The Kangaroos’ poor attitude against the Rams would be of particular concern heading into finals football with the home side on the wrong side of a lopsided penalty count.
The Kangaroos also repeatedly turned over possession and gifted field position to the south Canberra club in a lacklustre performance.
Following on from two poor performances on the trot, Whiley acknowledged the side’s bruising 14-12 victory over the Blues in round 13 had perhaps taken more of a toll than first realised.
“I must admit it was a tough win and we did get a few injuries out of it but that’s no excuse,” Whiley said.
“If you look at the Blues, they’ve got injuries too and they’re going about their business and come finals time, you’ve just got to be on song the whole time and at the moment, we’re not.”