09/9/2014 - Orange Emus name side for 2014 Blowes Clothing Cup grand final against Dubbo Kangaroos

GREEN ARMY: Orange Emus players celebrate last weekend's win against Orange City. Coach Andrew Logan said his players wouldn't have trouble staying grounded this week. Photo: MICHELLE COOK 0906mcfirsts3GREEN ARMY: Orange Emus players celebrate last weekend’s win against Orange City. Coach Andrew Logan said his players wouldn’t have trouble staying grounded this week. Photo: MICHELLE COOK 0906mcfirsts3

ORANGE Emus coach Andrew Logan has named as close to a full-strength outfit as possible ahead of Saturday’s Blowes Clothing Cup grand final against Dubbo Kangaroos.

The greens travel to Dubbo’s No.1 Oval to take on the minor premiers in the decider after overcoming Orange City 21-19 in last weekend’s preliminary final, courtesy of a 45-metre Nigel Staniforth penalty goal after full-time.

“We’ll be just about the same as last weekend,” Logan said, the only change being prop Matt Findlay dropping off the bench.

“We did think about carrying the extra front-rower, but in the end we opted for an extra back.”

Saturday is Emus’ first grand final appearance since 2002 and, even after a raucous celebration following the greens’ win last weekend, Logan said there wouldn’t be any issues with players staying grounded leading into the clash.

“It’s just more of the same for us,” Logan said.

“One great piece of advice I’ve got a lot is not to change a winning formula, but we are having a reasonably light week in terms of training.

“We’re match fit, so the boys won’t be doing much fitness. We’ll be more focused on our patterns, it’s pretty much repetition of what we’ve been doing in games.”

With rumours circulating regarding Dubbo’s gargantuan prop Max Ma’Anelson’s fitness, Logan said his side wouldn’t buy into the speculation.

“I have heard things about them having several injury concerns,” he said.

“There definitely wouldn’t be any deliberate deception happening, and those guys who might not be 100 per cent will be given all the time they need to be right I would imagine.

“I would think Dubbo will wait until very late to see if anyone isn’t able to play but regardless, we just need to go out and compete against whoever is in front of us.

taken from http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/story/2546853/on-a-good-thing-and-sticking-to-it-emus-name-full-strength-side-for-grand-final/?cs=104

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