LAUNCESTON coach Anthony Taylor wants his side to back up its four-quarter performance last week against the Northern Bombers when it takes on South Launceston at Youngtown today.
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“We’ve been focused on getting that four-quarter performance for quite a while and we were able to achieve that and now it’s about consistency and backing up again this week,” Taylor said.

“It doesn’t matter where you play South you are in for a tough contest so they will go into this game at Youngtown with the belief they can really push us.”

He said the Blues had played well at Youngtown previously and the ground held no fear for them.

Taylor said Launceston needed to repeat performances like last week’s in its final two games in its quest to gain the double chance.

South Launceston is coming off successive wins over Hobart and Devonport and coach Mitch Thorp was rapt to get through unscathed in his first game back last week.

“I was a bit nervous before the game but with the adrenalin of playing footy again I got through the whole four quarters and it was fantastic for the team to have a good result and I was really pleased with the way they played last weekend,” Thorp said.

“Launceston are a fantastic side – very professional and well-coached but we’ve laid some really solid foundations this year.

“Our young blokes are not just young boys . . . now they’re young men and it’s time we start really looking forward to playing teams like this.”

The Blues won by 60 points the last time the two teams met at Youngtown in the game in which Thorp broke his leg.

“Since then we’ve gained a lot of confidence in the games we’ve played,” Thorp said.

“We played against Clarence up here where we lost by 29 points.

“That’s a good sign we can match it with these top teams if we apply ourselves for four quarters.”

The Bulldogs have their best team available except for Chris Taylor who will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Launceston coach Anthony Taylor.

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