Grind early. Make early statements.
We cannot win a shootout with Canberra. If we play loose and free all game and afford Canberra early possession and points we will get blown away. We need to keep the ball in play. No touch finders, no dead ball kicks. High kicks and early kicks. Play to tire them out. We need to complete after points of we get them even if that means kicking early.
Desperation from us and managing theirs.
We need to show desperation in defence and we need to keep Canberra from getting a roll on. We need to hang in there until Canberra start to get desperate and when they do we need to be ready for their ball movement and rise when they do. Key to this will be clever use of our bench.
We need to be ready for the momentum swings and hang in when Canberra get theirs and we need to capitalise when we get ours. Our on field leaders need to keep their wits.
We once had a game plan that beat Canberra every time and it is still the way to beat them, they just found a way to beat us. Canberra are going to be looking at this game salivating and expecting a win but if we meet them with renewed focus early and get on top they are 0-2 and could fall apart.
Much that we don’t show has to be shown here. Game management from the on field leaders and off field managers, toughness and intelligence. Tough ask.