MOST coaches don't enjoy looking over their shoulders at what went on before.

However, Sawtell-Toormina's Jim Angel is happy to speak about a certain visit to Fripp Oval in Ballina last weekend.

Not only were the Saints beaten for the first time in almost two seasons, the blowout scoreline would have to be considered diabolical had lessons not been learned.

Saints are tipped to bounce back in the grand final replay.
Saints are tipped to bounce back in the grand final replay. Leigh Jensen

Angel reckons he learned plenty.

"From this moment on, every club will know what we are up against in cross conference footy and no side up north is going to be a pushover," he said.

"That Byron Bay side is top shelf.

"They are all quality and handed out a few lessons that we're going to learn from and use ourselves.

"While we went in seven or eight players down, they had three or four who worked us over around the ruck and we'll do that to somebody else, I'd say."

That "somebody else" could be Port Magpies and nobody relishes their task today at Richardson Park, taking on the wounded premiers in a grand final derby.

One big plus for the Pies, however, is the first appearance this season of current best and fairest player Jesse Schmidt.

Coffs Breakers head north for a night meeting with Grafton and should open their account against the Tigers.

ROUND THREE

Sawtell-Toormina v Port Macquarie - 2.20pm at Richardson Park

Grafton v Coffs Breakers - 5pm at Ellem Oval



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