UPE must improve before they meet Sunshine Coast Fire
UNITED Park Eagles might have been too good for KSS Jets but they have a lot of work to do if they are to challenge Sunshine Coast Fire.
That was UPE coach Joel Jamieson's basic assessment after his side beat 10-man KSS Jets 4-0 at Hervey Bay.
UPE were a class above.
They controlled the tempo for the most of the game; their defence was tight enough to ground the Jets's attacking raids and looked to move the ball around at will.
Jamieson, meanwhile, had a different view.
He described the first half as a "pinball game", was unhappy with his side's tendency to try "silly" chips over KSS defenders and said it took until the second stanza for his troops to respond to his instructions.
His biggest concern was the turnover rate, which he said was not up to standard.
"My stats guy said we had 60 turnovers in the game which is not good enough," he said. "I'd like to get it under 20 in a game, not per half.
"We're a long way off that. I personally think they're playing at only 50% at the moment, they've got a lot of improvement there."
UPE are set to face the National Premier League side at Kawana next week but have to reschedule their sixth round Wide Bay League clash with Bingera, which will affect who he has at his disposal for the Cup fixture.
Jamieson will have to decide whether he would rather sacrifice three competition points to rest key men for the Cup fixture, or if they should go for glory in both comps.
"That's a tough decision," he said. "I'll have to sit down with the other coaches and work out what we've got; assess the injuries after this game, see how the boys pull up and make our decision."