Snappers a band of brothers
WHILE Coffs Snappers have been on a winning streak that has extended to six games, coach Rob Waddy has observed the team has the one vital ingredient that can prove so hard to find.
"As a bunch of blokes they're getting tighter," Waddy said.
"They're really a good bunch of mates who play for each other."
Taking on the competition-leading Hastings Valley this afternoon, the home side will need to be extremely tight if the Snappers' run of victories is to continue.
And Waddy knows it.
"I think they (the Vikings) will come up with a pretty strong team," he said.
"They're leading the competition in both first and reserve grades so they must be doing something right."
The winner of this afternoon's clash will take a mental edge into next weekend's major semi-final, when they will face each other again.
But the Coffs team's task will be a little bit tougher as it fields a less than full-strength squad.
A couple of players will be missing due to the annual dosage of "Bledisloe Cup flu", while exciting backline player Waqa Yaya will be missing due to being in Fiji for a week.
To counter this, Chris Johnson and Ben Purcell will be missing from the Vikings line-up.
While not an ideal situation, it does provide an opportunity for players trying to force their way into the first-grade team for the finals.
Today presents the chance for four or five reserve-grade players to show what they can add to the team and potentially secure a permanent spot in the starting 15.
For Waddy, it doesn't matter who's playing for him, as long as the process that has worked so well in recent weeks remains the same.
"We'll just be working on the same things," he said.
"We've won six in a row now and even early in the season a couple of our losses were pretty close so there's no need to try anything different."