USA Tomahawks players warm up for tonight?s match against the Coast-Valley All Stars.
USA Tomahawks players warm up for tonight?s match against the Coast-Valley All Stars.

No quarter given



THE Coast-Valley Allstars rugby league squad might only have had two training sessions together, but they are quietly confident of sending the Yanks packing at International Stadium tonight.

The Coast-Valley side, featuring players from Orara Valley, Sawtell, Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga, will meet the USA Emerging Tomahawks tonight and the local lads won't be taking a backward step.

"We are not going to make it easy for them," Coast-Valley coach Jock Moore.

"We have four clubs coming together and I think it's a pretty strong side.

"Like I said to the boys, they (USA) breathe the same air as us and walk on the same ground.

"I've spoken with Craig (Wallace, captain) and a few other guys and they're pretty confident we'll give them a good run for their money."

Although Coast-Valley's build-up has been limited, Moore said the side is coming together well.

"It's pretty hard when they've only had two training sessions to prepare, but the communication between the players has been great," he said.

"Their ball skills are also good, but having said that, it's going to be tough if the wet weather stays around.

"Wet-weather games are anyone's game, it just comes down to who holds the ball.

"Hopefully the weather won't deter people from coming out and supporting the guys, it's not too often that Coffs Harbour has three International sides playing for $5 (admission fee)."

The Tomahawks rose to prominence last November when they came within an ace of beating Australia at Philadelphia and some of those players will run out against the Allstars tonight.

"It is a pretty different squad than the one that played against Australia, but about five of those blokes will play (tonight)," Tomahawks coach Shane Millard said.

"We have a very young side, most of the players are 19-21, so it will be a good learning experience.

"It is hard to judge the strength of the combined side, but we will give it our best shot.

"We haven't played together too much, so we could struggle for combinations, but we'll be aiming for a win."

If the wet weather continues tonight, the Americans will be well-prepared.

While most of us tried to find shelter from the mid-morning rain that drenched Coffs Harbour yesterday, the Americans were in the middle of a two-hour training session at Orara High School.

Some of the American players to watch out for include five-eighth Roger Tuamoheloa, fullback Nate Smith, who scored an intercept try against Australia and back-rower Ian Blake, who is training with the Toowoomba Clydesdales.

THE Coast-Valley Allstars rugby league squad might only have had two training sessions together, but they are quietly confident of sending the Yanks packing at International Stadium tonight.

The Coast-Valley side, featuring players from Orara Valley, Sawtell, Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga, will meet the USA Emerging Tomahawks tonight and the local lads won't be taking a backward step.

"We are not going to make it easy for them," Coast-Valley coach Jock Moore.

"We have four clubs coming together and I think it's a pretty strong side.

"Like I said to the boys, they (USA) breathe the same air as us and walk on the same ground.

"I've spoken with Craig (Wallace, captain) and a few other guys and they're pretty confident we'll give them a good run for their money."

Although Coast-Valley's build-up has been limited, Moore said the side is coming together well.

"It's pretty hard when they've only had two training sessions to prepare, but the communication between the players has been great," he said.

"Their ball skills are also good, but having said that, it's going to be tough if the wet weather stays around.

"Wet-weather games are anyone's game, it just comes down to who holds the ball.

"Hopefully the weather won't deter people from coming out and supporting the guys, it's not too often that Coffs Harbour has three International sides playing for $5 (admission fee)."

The Tomahawks rose to prominence last November when they came within an ace of beating Australia at Philadelphia and some of those players will run out against the Allstars tonight.

"It is a pretty different squad than the one that played against Australia, but about five of those blokes will play (tonight)," Tomahawks coach Shane Millard said.

"We have a very young side, most of the players are 19-21, so it will be a good learning experience.

"It is hard to judge the strength of the combined side, but we will give it our best shot.

"We haven't played together too much, so we could struggle for combinations, but we'll be aiming for a win."

If the wet weather continues tonight, the Americans will be well-prepared.

While most of us tried to find shelter from the mid-morning rain that drenched Coffs Harbour yesterday, the Americans were in the middle of a two-hour training session at Orara High School.

Some of the American players to watch out for include five-eighth Roger Tuamoheloa, fullback Nate Smith, who scored an intercept try against Australia and back-rower Ian Blake, who is training with the Toowoomba Clydesdales.



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