Mustangs won?t be easy task
FORGET the Mustangs' woeful start to the season, Nambucca Heads coach Mark Morrison believes the annual Steve Sutherland Memorial Shield match at Smithtown poses as a real threat to his Roosters.
The Mustangs really aimed up for the corresponding match last year, held in honour of their former teammate who lost his battle with cancer last year.
"It's a big game for them, in last year's match we were on a winning streak and they were on a losing streak but flogged us by 40 points," Morrison says.
"Macleay Valley have been going alright in the first half, but have just been running out of steam in the second half."
In contrast, Nambucca have started poorly in recent matches.
"We've been completing around 70 per cent of our sets in the second half, but only 50 per cent in the first," Morrison says.
"We can't afford to do that this week and give them a chance."
MACKSVILLE v GIMBISI VALLEY
IT was the loss Macksville had to have.
Sea Eagles captain-coach Paul Davis has welcomed his side's loss to Coffs Harbour last week, saying it allowed the premiers to re-focus ahead of their traditional grudge-match against battlers Gimbisi Valley.
"It was a disappointing effort last weekend, but in a way it was good that it happened," Davis says.
"We had not lost a game for six months before that and were starting to think we're unbeatable.
"The boys feel there is some pressure off their shoulders now."
Davis is very wary against a Warriors outfit keen to skin the Sea Eagles.
"Macksville have a few aboriginal players who live in Kempsey, so it is always a grudge match," Davis says.
WOOLGOOLGA v PORT MACQUARIE
WOOLGOOLGA'S plans of turning their home ground into a death bed for visiting teams will take shape if they can knock-off 2004 runners-up Port Macquarie at home tomorrow.
Bellingen and Macleay Valley have already come to grief on road trips to meet the new-look Woolgoolga outfit this season, but the Seahorses can make the rest of the competition sit up and take notice by claiming Port's scalp.