Coffs rugby to mix and match for Dorrigo game


THREE weeks into the regular season and Coffs Rugby coach Paul Butcher is finally convinced he has a team worthy of continuing the run of Zone premierships.

Not that he's getting cocky from three straight wins.

"Far from it," he said.

"It's the combination of training well and having smart footballers knowing what has to be done and where they have to be on game day."

Butcher will play mix and match with his top squad again today but it's something he's been well prepared for.

"Kevin Simpson gets married today so obviously he's missing, along with Matt Hoy and Craig Landrigan.

"But by rotating the forwards and making one adjustment to the backline, it's business as usual."

Coffs travel to the plateau this morning for what many see as their toughest test against fellow unbeaten competition leaders Dorrigo Rangers.

"Must admit to not knowing much about them.

"All I know is the forecast is for cold weather so we'll watch out for sleet."

A shoulder injury has forced Greg Wilson out of the starting lineup allowing last week's four try hero Alex Hulme to revert to his favoured spot of outside centre.

"Alex likes to run around the opposition and he gets more latitude in that position than on the wing," Butcher said.

Aaron Stevens gets a reprieve from second grade with the call up to fill Simpson's position alongside Hulme."

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