Jaz's the main man
SUNSHINE Coast Sea Eagles coach Dave Cordwell is urging his charges to follow the lead of dogged defender Jaz Nahu-Main.
The ever-improving back-rower has been steadfast in the defensive line this season, shutting down attacking raids with vigour.
"Not only does he (Nahu-Main) make the tackle, he's very good at controlling the tackle," Cordwell said. "He's probably our leader in that area. If all the rest can emulate the way he does it, we're going all right.
"He's got good technique."
The 24-year-old will again be called upon to lead by example when the Sea Eagles take on undefeated Redcliffe at Bokarina on Sunday at 3pm.
"They (Redcliffe) grind out a win and they have plenty of talent on the fringes, so they are going to take a fair bit of controlling for sure," Cordwell said.
While the Dolphins have won all three of their games this season, including a last-start 30-10 victory over Ipswich, the Sea Eagles are seventh on the 12-team ladder after winning only one of their first three games.
However, they showed plenty of resolve in defence during last weekend's tense 7-6 loss to 2011 grand finalist Tweed Heads at Bokarina - and that outing was a far cry from the season-opening 40-22 capitulation to Central Capras in Rockhampton.
"We've worked on our defence fairly hard since the Central Queensland game and we think we have that under control," Cordwell said.
"We've come a long way since then, especially defensively.
"We re-adjusted our attitude towards defence and have had a couple of sound weeks."
Just one change has been made to the side. In-form front-rower Martin Cordwell, who is likely to be sidelined for three weeks by a knee injury, will be replaced by Jye Ballinger.
He will play in the second row in his first game of the season.
SUNSHINE COAST: H Stanley, K Freed, R Klein, M Buckett, D Middleton, C Klein, T Murphy. J Ballinger, B Stonier, A Simpson, K Wanka, J Nahu-Main, P Gallen. Interchange: K Richards, J Platt, J Fitzgerald, Z Litherland.