Telstra will be hoping to make up ground in the race for premiership points after winning the competition’s inaugural game in Adelaide on Sunday.
The Power will host the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium, after a thrilling 10-2 victory at the MCG.
Coach Don Pyke said his side would be looking to bounce back in the second leg against Gold Coast on Saturday.
“We’ve got to be able to do better in our last game, and we’ve got a tough last game tomorrow night,” Pyke told the club’s website.
“It’s a tough game to win, so we’ve had a lot of preparation going into it and we need to make sure we have a good game tomorrow.”
The Broncos will have their hands full with the Power.
They will be facing the reigning premiers in their final two games of the season, a three-match road trip to Canberra and Gold Coast.
Coach Luke Beveridge has taken the reins for his team’s clash with the Broncos after he was fired after two straight defeats to the Brisbane Lions.
“The Broncos were the team we were going to play against in round one, so it’s really disappointing,” Pykes said.
“I know we’re going to go into it knowing that we need our last match of the year, we need the home win, and if we can get our last win then we’ll be fine.” “
Broncos coach Luke Beverridge says the Power’s form has fallen away in the last two games. “
I know we’re going to go into it knowing that we need our last match of the year, we need the home win, and if we can get our last win then we’ll be fine.”
Broncos coach Luke Beverridge says the Power’s form has fallen away in the last two games.
Source: AAP Pyke said he hoped to be in a similar situation as he had been against the Lions.
“(It’s) tough to play your first game in a week when you haven’t played a game in two weeks, but that’s part of the challenge,” he said.
“We’ve just got to keep our heads up, keep going and keep the mindset that if we keep our head up and keep working hard and keep getting results, then we can go for the big prize.”
Pykes team will be without three key players for their first two games as they continue to battle to a four-point lead at the top of the ladder.
Bennett said he expected the Power would be able play with confidence against the Broncos, despite having only lost one of their past eight games.
Pykkes squad will also be without two key players from the Gold Coast Titans.
Luke Beveridge says the Broncos will be in an extremely tough position against the Power this weekend.
Source : News Corp Australia Beveridge said the Titans’ form in recent weeks had fallen away, and he was keen to have a player who had played in every game in recent years available for the game against the power.
“(We have) got some players who are really experienced, who are playing in the NRL, who have been here for a long time, and who will be really pleased to get a game out there,” he told reporters.
The Power have already lost their last two NRL matches, to the Broncos and Gold at the Gabba.
However, Pyke was pleased with the performance of his side’s younger players.
“[They] know what they’re doing and they’re putting it to the test every single day, and I think that will be a big difference in the game, in terms of the speed of the game,” Pykkes said on Saturday night.
It’s still early days in the season and Pyke is confident the Power will come out on top against the Brisbane team, who beat the Power in a first-round clash on Friday night.