Goldies effort keeps West Wyalong scoreless in tough conditions

The Goldies are carrying confidence into the final regular season round of the Oilsplus South West Cup having taken a gritty win over West Wyalong last weekend.

With a 24-0 scoreline, Goldies coach Andrew Corcoran said he was proud of his team's effort in some of the worst conditions he's seen.

"It was pretty wet, windy, cold and miserable but it was a great result," he said.

"We got the four try bonus point and the win, which was gutsy in some of the most unenjoyable conditions I can honestly say we've every played in.

"But we went there and didn't let the weather be an excuse to play poorly.

"West Wyalong retained the ball very well and we had to do a lot of defending so I was pretty proud of our team's defensive effort.

"I don't think we had one linebreak the entire game, so it was a gutsy performance and we toughed it out."

Corcoran said there had been some fantastic performances from the side and was pleased with the final score.

"To keep them to zero was a good effort, we could have easily given up and let them score at the end," he said.

"But we had a great defensive play from Mark Poplin, who ran across the field and got to the grubber kick first to touch it down to not allow them to score, which typifies what we are trying to do.

"Michel Berry was absolutely outstanding, the marquee of our two front rowers.

"They were just forces and lots of ball carries, so I was particularly inspired by the effort those boys put in.

"Marty Corcoran with the double from the back of the maul and the whole forward pack really stepped up.

"Rob Stirzaker at halfback was outstanding, West Wyalong was putting a lot of pressure through the middle of the ruck so we had a lot of untidy ball and he managed it very well, which was great."

He said this weekend's game against Cootamundra would be significant one to set them up for the finals series.

"We are going to have our work cut out against Cootamundra next week," he said.

"But we know we have the game plan, the cattle and we're pretty excited to have a crack at them.

"We know they are one of the teams we'll hopefully face if we get through Young first, so this is a bit of a practice run at it.

"We just need to get, if we lose, a bonus point then there is no real change in where we sit on the table.

"Obviously if we get the win it makes it easier with us sitting four points clear of Young."

Corcoran said hosting in the first week of finals was an important goal for the club, given they would be facing Young.

"You want to host, especially with the rain, Young will be a pretty tough oval to play on," he said.

"[It] would suit them more than us, so it's massive if we get something out of this weekend."

He said the plan for this week was to get players as fresh and ready to play as they could.

"I think we just need to try and stay fresh and manage our pretty sore bodies through the week, that's the main thing," he said.

"Then we just keep perfecting what we are trying to do, we get a few players back from injury which is exciting.

"We are pumped to see what we can do against Cootamundra this week because it felt like we should have got them last time.

"We let it slip so it's good to have another go at them."