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Winnipeg Blue Bombers cleaning up mistakes ahead of Grey Cup rematch with Ticats – Winnipeg

Beginning the season 2-0 ought to have the Winnipeg Blue Bombers feeling fairly good, however that’s not the case with the back-to-back Grey Cup champions.

Because the Bombers ready to host the winless Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-2) on Friday — the membership they beat for each titles — the main target was on correcting errors on either side of the ball.

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“It’s higher to be 2-0 and have issues you realize you want to work on and may nonetheless right, than being 0-2 and having that very same state of affairs, proper?” Winnipeg linebacker Adam Bighill mentioned after Thursday’s walk-through apply.

“So the secret’s to be sure you’re studying out of your errors even while you win. We acknowledge there was loads of errors we have to clear up to have the ability to win extra video games this season, win tighter video games as we go ahead and, finally, get to the place we wish to go.”

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The Bombers have received a pair of video games in opposition to the Ottawa Redblacks, a 19-17 house victory on a subject aim with six seconds remaining on June 10, and 19-12 in Ottawa final week.

Winnipeg’s 38 factors places them in seventh place within the CFL. Hamilton is fifth with 43.

Bombers quarterback Zach Collaros mentioned the group has “a excessive commonplace” and the best way they achieved a 2-0 begin isn’t an excessive amount of to have a good time.

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“Clearly you’re glad after the sport for those who get the win, however there’s at all times six or seven issues that you are able to do higher and often these issues are both uncovered or perhaps look higher on movie the following day,” mentioned Collaros, the league’s reigning Most Excellent Participant.

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“We attempt to actually be vital of the issues that we are able to enhance on. So the day after a sport, win or lose, it’s typically, `OK we are able to do that higher, this higher, this higher.’”

Hamilton is coming off a 33-30 additional time loss to the Calgary Stampeders, a sport wherein the Ticats had a 24-0 lead late within the first half. In addition they misplaced their season-opener 30-13 on the street versus the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

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Head coach Orlondo Steinauer mentioned the Tiger-Cats will attempt to flip the tide.

“The elephant within the room is the ultimate consequence on the scoreboard, however there was a lot good, a lot enchancment from per week in the past,” Steinauer informed the media after a apply this week.

“So we’re simply making an attempt to get higher each week. It’s acquired to point out up within the win column. We all know that, however we don’t deal with that. We took loads of positives from the sport. Positively disenchanted, no matter emotion you wish to throw underneath there, however you higher not sulk an excessive amount of as a result of we’re going to Winnipeg.”

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Each groups could have modifications from final week’s rosters.

Winnipeg shall be with out defensive again Winston Rose (foot) and offensive lineman Michael Couture (arm), who was placed on the six-game injured checklist. Demerio Houston replaces Rose on the nook and Chris Kolankowski takes the spot of veteran centre Couture.

Hamilton added a fourth offensive lineman to its injured lists as final 12 months’s East Division most excellent offensive lineman Brandon Revenberg will miss Friday’s sport. The Ticats have given up 9 quarterback sacks, tying them for probably the most with Edmonton. Winnipeg has allowed two.

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The Bombers, who had the league’s stingiest defence final season, have given up 825 yards in internet offence for seventh spot within the league. Hamilton is sixth with 753 yards.

“Final 12 months, that was only a hallmark of us. We didn’t quit explosions and we undoubtedly didn’t quit loads of touchdowns,” Bighill mentioned. “We are able to’t permit groups to maneuver the ball persistently down the sphere and have explosive performs and put our offence in our personal zone.”

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So would a decisive victory over the Ticats imply the Bombers are progressing?

“I’m not essentially actually caught up in what the end result is, rating differential, scoreboard,” Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea mentioned. “I’m extra all for seeing how we play.”

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