It may be an old coaching cliche but Maitland Blacks coach Bobby Tynan wants his team to take it one game at a time for the rest of the season.
Maitland travel to Newcastle’s No.2 Sportsground on Saturday to tackle undefeated competition leaders Wanderers knowing they need to win every game on the run home to make the finals.
While the Blacks have enjoyed a weekend off they will need to keep the momentum going from their nail-biting 30-29 win over Hamilton a fortnight ago.
Tynan said he wanted his troops to concentrate on this weekend without looking too far into the future.
“That’s the bottom line, it’s a bit of a cliche but we need to take it one game at a time,” he said.
“If we drop a game between now and the end of the season we probably won’t (make the semi-finals).”
Maitland will be without prop Kurt Courtney after he succumbed to shoulder and foot injuries.
Courtney’s absence has opened the door for Corey Pasma to be promoted from second grade.
Wanderers accounted for Maitland 14-9 when they met in round four in a tight, physical contest and Tynan said he expected a similar battle on Saturday.
Kick off is at 3pm.