Panthers itching to tackle Orara after short break



IS having a week or two off from the game a good thing as it freshens you up, or is it a bad thing because it disrupts your rhythm?

Opinion on the matter is divided and the response you get depends on who you're talking to.

Sawtell captain-coach Craig Wallace believes it's just what the doctor ordered.

"It's been a good break, we had a few niggling injuries but the boys are fully recovered," he said.

"Now the boys are itching to get out there on Sunday and have a crack at them."

Tomorrow the Panthers travel to Coramba to take on an Orara Valley team keen to atone for the 50-22 thumping they received last week at the hands of Port Macquarie.

The Panthers will be fired up themselves though, especially considering they won the last meeting between the two 27-16 yet had the two points stripped from them.

Wallace disagrees that this motivation will play a part a game.

"I don't think we've got anything to prove,"

"We're going out there to make sure we play our consistent 80 minutes of football and if we do that we're a good chance of getting the two points."

If the Axemen's training through the week is any guide, Sawtell will have a tough time scoring points tomorrow.

"Our biggest concern was how we let through 50 points in the last 50 minutes last week," Orara Valley captain-coach Matt Donovan said.

"This week we'll concentrate more on our defence than our attack."

Donovan also hinted that his boys need to be on their toes as both teams are likely to hit the park with a do-or-die attitude.

"If we lose, we drop to fifth spot and it's the same with Sawtell so it's like a mini semi-final," he explained.

"Saying that though I'm confident we'll be right and the advantage to us is that it's at home. It would be a different story for us if it was at Sawtell."



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