Berry: Winnipeg defense as good as anybody

JIM BENDER

, Last Updated: 8:06 PM ET

May the better defence win.

While the Toronto defence deserves its accolades, Winnipeg's defensive dozen has come on strong. And one of them will spell the difference between winning and losing Sunday's CFL East Final.

"I believe that our defence, in the second half of the season, has been as good as anybody's," Blue Bombers head coach Doug Berry said yesterday. "We've had a game or two where we haven't been outstanding but there have been a lot of games where we have been. I really believe we can play good defence and ultimately, as Toronto also believes, you win your games with defence and which team is going to be the strongest defensively is going to carry a little bit of an advantage come this weekend."

SECONDARY CONCERNS: That Bomber defence should have cornerback Juran Bolden, who has vowed to play despite a bad back. Although Bolden rested yesterday, he is expected to practise today.

Defensive back Davin Bush (ankle) also sat out but may practise today.

With both import DBs iffy, even if they play, Berry may be anxious to get non-import DB Ian Logan back in action. Both Logan and DL Brian Guebert returned from injury to practice yesterday.

Although punter Pat Fleming (groin) did not kick yesterday, he will likely try it today. Troy Westwood did both the punting and placekicking yesterday.

FINAL EXPERIENCE: Bomber QB Kevin Glenn has played in a final once before, coming off the bench to lead the Saskatchewan Roughriders on a courageous comeback that fell short in the 2003 Western Final versus the Eskimos in Edmonton.

"I came in late in the third and I don't know exactly what my numbers were but I brought the team back and we almost won the game," said Glenn, who completed 16 of 23 passes for 208 yards and one touchdown.

"We came back from a pretty tough deficit. We were losing by about 20-something points at the time and I brought them back.

"That's a totally different team and a different aspect. But you take that kind of stuff and you learn from it. And I've grown since then as a player and as a person. We want to treat this next game as the most important one now. We're trying to get to that Grey Cup and we've got to go through Toronto in order to get there."

TOUCHY SUBJECT: The Bombers' poor record in Toronto has become a touchy subject.

"I hope that I convey the message that, uh, I don't feel that we go into any place where we are automatic underdogs because teams in the past haven't played well in there," Glenn said. "It has absolutely nothing to do with the way this team is today. I believe that, whether we're playing in Vancouver or Toronto, from east coast to west coast, it doesn't really matter where we play, as long as we're playing ... I think these guys are ready to play and that shouldn't be a factor. We never talk about it. I mean, we never talk about playing on Edmonton's grass. It just makes no difference."


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