RIVALS: The Coffs Snappers and SCU Marlins rivalry will have added intensity at the university ground this afternoon.
RIVALS: The Coffs Snappers and SCU Marlins rivalry will have added intensity at the university ground this afternoon. Leigh Jensen

Big boys return to local derby

LOOK OUT SCU Marlins, the Snappers have got their big boys back on the paddock.

Selection news for today’s local derby has the Coffs Harbour team confident it will have the go-forward to dominate the Marlins and give their backs plenty of room to move.

Lock Lourens Cloete, big number eight Sam Vaematahau and new recruit Scott Geronimi on the blindside flank back in the pack should provide Coffs some extra firepower.

Snappers coach Rob Waddy has penned in this game for a while now and has the luxury of finally having everyone available at the same time.

“We have a few niggling injuries but this is the first time on paper I could select a squad of 22 knowing that all players could easily be in the run on side,” Waddy said.

The local derby has fast become one of the best contests for the year, being a tight affair no matter what position on the table either team is sitting while cross- town bragging rights are on the line.

Today’s clash promises to be a beauty, though, with the Marlins and Snappers on the same points. Victory for either side will hand a big advantage towards securing a home semi-final come the end of the season.

University Oval has become a bit of a fortress for the Marlins. Wins over Grafton and Hastings Valley in the past month has SCU confident it can reverse the 21-12 result from the first local derby of the season.

Off the field, the Marlins will be getting plenty of home ground support this afternoon thanks to the match doubling up as the Marlins’ Sponsors Day as well as Old Boys’ Day, with ex-members returning from all corners of the country, even as far as Darwin.

It’s on the field the match is won and the Marlins will need to counter their rival’s newfound size.

be getting plenty of home ground support this afternoon thanks to the match doubling up as the Marlins’ Sponsors Day as well as Old Boys Day with ex members returning from all corners of the country, even as far as Darwin.

It’s on the field the match is won and the Marlins will need to counter their rival’s new found size.



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