Match Preview: Uni host Rockingam

 IT'S SET TO BE ANOTHER PHYSICAL BATTLE THIS WEEKEND - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

IT'S SET TO BE ANOTHER PHYSICAL BATTLE THIS WEEKEND - CREDIT: GABRIELE MALUGA

UWA will be looking to put their midweek FFA Cup exit behind them this Saturday when they take on Rockingham City in Round 4.

Michael Janssen's side fell to a clinical ECU Joondalup side in Round 5 of the cup following the Round 3 loss to Dianella, but the camp remains upbeat and determined to turn things around.

"After a very promising pre-season it's obviously not the way we would've liked to open our campaign," Tristan Taylor said.

"We have to accept the results for what they were, take all the positives we can from them and look to bounce back quickly this weekend."

Uni currently sit 10th on the ladder with three points, however, they are just one win away from 2nd place, with many teams experiencing an indifferent start to the season.

This Saturday's match-up against a typically physical Rockingham side (9th), is the perfect opportunity for the side to get back to winning ways on their home turf, with Taylor emphasising its importance.

"We know what's coming - an extremely tough, physical encounter for the full 90 minutes. I expect them to try and limit our ability to control the game, but we have to be up for the challenge and find solutions."

"There can be no moments where we hide come Saturday because they will make life difficult for us."

The full-back, who is a former City player, cannot wait to take on his former side and believes "organisation and effort on the first and second balls will be crucial."

"They'll be very solid defensively and not give us many chances, so we'll have to clinical when chances arise."

"I've spent a bit of time at Rockingham and I know their coach quite well. I know he would have them playing a bit differently to previous seasons but I know their core playing group and philosophy has stayed the same."

On the injury front, Lloyd Prout is nearing full-fitness following his ankle knock sustained against Joondalup, with the squad nearing perfect health.

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