CHFL: Hepburn focuses on return to best form for Springbank clash

Clive Raak
Clive Raak

IT SOUNDS simple, but returning to the form that had Hepburn one of the feared premiership contenders is the key focus for coach Clive Raak ahead of his team's semi-final showdown with Springbank on Sunday.

The Burras greeted finals in devastating form, winning 13 of their last 14 games, including a commanding 42-point victory over the Tigers in round six.

But they were taught a lesson by a rampant Gordon last weekend, which charged its way into the preliminary final.

"We have to play like we have in the last 10 weeks, besides last week," Raak said.

"We have to play like that, that's the key. We got it all wrong last week."

Raak said there were some players carrying illness into the clash with Gordon, but expected all to be fit and firing this Sunday. At Tigerland, there's a belief that the team can overturn the round six defeat.

Giblett said it was likely his side would remain unchanged from the one that got home by 15 points over Learmonth in last Sunday's elimination final.

"You've got to beat the best and we rate Hepburn as possibly the best, regardless of them losing last week," Giblett said.