Ready to rip into coastal enemies

By MITCHELL DALE

DORRIGO Rangers players are salivating like rabid dogs at the prospect of ripping into their coastal enemies, Coffs Rugby, in today's Mid North Coast rugby union local derby at Rugby Park.

Ask any of the Rangers players and they will tell you, this is the game they want to win in 2005.

Coffs Rugby coach Paul Butcher says his troops know they are in for a battle and are steeled for any challenge from the Rangers.

"Dorrigo will come after us (but) our boys always look forward to playing against them," Butcher said.

"They always play a physical style like the Armidale guys, as opposed to most coastal sides who play a running game.

"Dorrigo are very forward-oriented, even when the ball goes out to the backs they have some big boys who can do anything.

"We don't have the biggest backs, but technically they are spot-on."

Dorrigo president Craig Cusack confirms his players are gunning for Coffs, but also concedes the home side will have an edge in preparation.

"The boys certainly are keen, but I think Coffs would be ahead of us at the moment," Cusack said.

"We are only just starting to get full fitness now, but most of the Coffs guys have been playing since the start of the Northern Provincial Championships and are right on their game.

"But this is the one game we would love to win, although it would be even nicer to do it in about four months (in the MNC grand final)."

Butcher dismissed Dorrigo's slow start to the season which has seen them drop to a 1-3 record.

"Even though they have been struggling for a win, they have lost a couple of close games," Butcher said.

"They could easily be up the top with the leaders."

The Rangers will come into the match with some much-needed confidence after running up 67 unanswered points in the second half against Old Bar last weekend.

Meanwhile, Coffs have been boosted by the return of NSW Country representative Matt Hoy, who will be available for the match after being left out of the Cockatoos squad to play Queensland Country Heelers this weekend.

COFFS RUGBY: 15. Ritchie MacGillvray, 14. Jay Webber, 13. Alex Hulme, 12. Brendan Hoy (c), 11. Aaron Miller, 10. Hugh Campbell, 9. Buster McCowatt, 8. Paul Gooley, 7. Chris Webb, 6. Connor Barrett, 5. Andrew Lynn, 4. Craig Landrigan, 3. Matt Hoy, 2. Duncan Chubb, 1. Nic Joyce.

Reserves: Cameron Wainwright, Ben Atkins, Mark Hines, Tom Day, Angus Garland, Ed Hibberd. Coach Paul Butcher.

DORRIGO RANGERS: 15. Bengt Christiansen, 14. Rod Young, 13. Daniel Rose, 12. Justin Gilbert, 11. Darren Boardman, 10. Steve Campbell, 9. Brian Guest, 8. Tony Guest, 7. Tony Thornhill, 6. Tim Foster, 5. Brian Parker, 4. Terrance Lamb, 3. Rob Reeves, 2. Darren Boardman (c-c), 1. Ross Waugh. Reserves: Darryl Woollard, Steven Guest, Wayne Martin, Dallas Kahl, Harley Gibson.



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