Greater Western Victoria Rebels have made two changes ahead of its TAC Cup clash with Eastern Ranges, in what bodes as a winnable game.
Ben Dodd is out of the side with a hamstring complaint while Connor Giddings is unavailable, while five have come onto the seven-man bench.
The Rebels have won only three matches this season, placing them ninth on the ladder, while the Ranges have mustered just two victories.
Rebels coach Marc Greig said finding consistency in its performance was something that was a constant focus, but particularly of late.
The Rebels produced one of its best displays of the year in its 25-point win over Bendigo three weeks ago, but seven days later it slumped to one of its poorer showings of the season.
Greig said it was paramount the young players found a routine that allowed them consistently produce their best output.
“We’ve gone from our best game of footy to our worst in seven days...at that age you do expect that, but you’ve just got to be mentally right,” Greig said.
Greig said starting well was a key factor to this, something it did well earlier in the season, but dropped off in against the Knights.
“We want to make sure our pressure is right on.
“We need to start well, that will be a bit of a focus.”
The TAC Cup competition is all about player development and while the Rebels look unlikely to play finals, Greig stressed the importance of his players showing, and playing to, their strengths.
“We really just encourage the boys to keep displaying what they’re actually good at.
“Everyone has AFIs, but it’s really important that they don’t forget about what they’re really good at and why they are here.”