Vikings try to raid Coffs
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
TOSS your coin to see how Coffs Rugby will react to a top of the table clash after having two weekends sitting on the sidelines.
On one side of the coin, the Coffs team could come out breathing fire after becoming fully refreshed during their lay off and wipe the floor with the Hastings Vikings.
Then again, a tough match isn't the best time to get rid of some rust that must have built up.
And Coffs didn't get rid of any of that rust during the week as the conditions were too wet for the team to train.
The lack of preparation doesn't concern coach Paul Butcher though.
"Even though it will be hard game I'm not expecting a loss," Butcher said.
"The conditions will probably suit them more as they're very much a forward orientated team who play it close to the ruck.
"But we have as good a team as we can have."
That final quote could be a point for discussion.
Missing from today's line up will be the experienced Connor Barrett and young fly half Hugh Campbell.
Mark Hine will be donning the openside flankers jersey and is considered a fine replacement though.
The move of young backline player Nathan Smith to the flyhalf spot is one that also excites Butcher.
"He's the youngest player in our team but he's the most confident," the coach explained.
"You only have to see the way he marshalls the players around to see that it's not going to be a problem.
"He's played at fiveeighth for Country so it's not a strange position for him."