Coffs rugby wary of Ratz



COFFS Rugby coach Paul Butcher knows how to push the right buttons to get the maximum performance out of his team every week.

This afternoon when the Manning Ratz travel up the Pacific Highway to take on the reigning premiers at Rugby Park, they should know that Butcher has given his team the ultimate motivation ? a keg of beer.

"Just prior to the season we sit down and work out some goals on what we want to achieve both on and off the field," the coach said.

"One of our goals is to set how many points we want to score for and against each year and I make it so the target is outside the players comfort zone as I'm up for a keg of beer when they make it."

Last season Butcher kept his money as the boys narrowly missed out on reaching their goal but this year's target for the season is 600 points for and only 50 against and Butcher believes that while it's challenging, it's also doable.

A week ago Manning beat last year's grand finalists Hastings Vikings to prove that they're a unit that deserves respect and Coffs Rugby's chances of a strong victory have taken a slight nosedive with the unavailability of Chris Webb, Aaron Stevens and Dan Bavister.

"We're approaching this game with caution again and with a few players out it could be tight," the coach added.

"In saying that, Greg Wilsom comes into the team at inside centre and he's fast on his feet and I compare him with young gun Nathan Smith who we had last year. Greg can win you a game from anywhere.

Also returning to the line-up will be the two second rowers from last seasons premiership winning team.

Craig Landrigan has returned from his English odyssey with Nick Joyce while Andrew Lynn has returned after his recent wedding.

Coffs Rugby team vs Manning Ratz: 1. Matt Hoy, 2. Cameron Wainwright, 3. Duncan Chubb, 4. Craig Landrigan, 5. Andrew Lynn, 6. Connor Barrett, 7. Mark Hines, 8. Matt Kent, 9. Damien Punch, 10. Wayne Dean, 11. Alex Hulme, 12. Greg Wilson, 13. Kevin Simpson, 14. Rod Deighton, 15. Angus Garland.

Whitepointers take on Orcas

n SITTING in fourth place on the table, the Woolgoolga Whitepointers have an important home game of their own this afternoon.

The Evans River Orcas are the number one ranked defensive unit in the competition and Woolgoolga will have their work cut out breaking through the line.

Then again the Whitepointers are no slouches themselves when it comes to muscling up in defence as they're ranked number three in this category.

These statistics point to a torrid affair where points will be hard to come by.

Kickoff is at 2pm at Centennial Oval.



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