Breakers captain Dylan Hurley has been moved to scrum-half.
Breakers captain Dylan Hurley has been moved to scrum-half.

Coffs Breakers make their move

PLAYING for the first time this season with a team that is close to full strength could give the Coffs Breakers the impetus required to get their season started when they play Kempsey this afternoon.

In a very important clash at Crescent Head, the Breakers know a loss against the Cannonballs will cost them a spot in the top four.

Coach Cairon Dunn has made some positional changes for today’s encounter which he hopes will pay off better than a poker machine feature.

After playing at scrum-half for 30 minutes in the loss against Hastings, it looks like captain Dylan Hurley will be moved to that position as a trial.

While his speed and agility will be missed out wider, his direction and options at the scrum base are something that Dunn is looking for.

It may be the move of the season after three close losses.

Brendan Robins returns to the team at fly-half after two weeks off with a broken finger. To ensure victory today, the Breakers need to improve their defence which has been disappointing in the opening four rounds.

The Crushers are required to travel further today to meet the Hastings Valley Vikings.

The Vikings are in second position on the ladder, with the Crushers just behind them, so there certainly won’t be any love lost this afternoon.

After being on the wrong end of a hiding from Port Pirates, the Crushers have had two weeks off thanks to a forfeit by South West Rocks and last week’s representative clash. This could mean the team might take 30 minutes to get rolling and they’re sure to rely on their rep players in Craig Landrigan, Vili Vatuvili and Joel Riddle to get them going.

TODAY’S TEAMS

Coffs Breakers XV v Kempsey: 15. Pete Shaw, 14. Toby Jackson, 13. Dwayne Fox, 12. Kris Kent, 11. Sheldan Phillips, 10. Brendan Robins, 9. Dylan Hurley, 8. Steven Tong, 7. Kelvin Rushworth, 6. Chris McDonough, 5. John Korff, 4. James Bellamy, 3. Ryan Austen, 2. Lachlan Chubb, 1. Adam Dunworth.

Coffs Crushers XV v Hastings Valley: 15. Mathew Quirk, 14. Josh Brooks, 13. David Angus Crouch, 12. Oliver Priest, 11. Kyle Hudson, 10. Angus Garland, 9. Richard Officer, 8. Craig Landrigan, 7. Vilise Vatuvili, 6. David Kikau, 5. Gerard de Carle, 4. James Donnelly, 3. Craeg Pow, 2. Cameron Wainwright, 1. Joel Riddle.

MNC RUGBY TABLE

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Bon

Pts

Port Pirates

4

4

-

-

155

108

3

23

Hastings Vikings

4

3

-

1

79

77

2

18

Coffs Crushers

3

3

-

1

56

71

1

18

Coffs Breakers

4

1

-

3

75

78

3

11

Kempsey

4

1

-

3

65

87

0

8

SWR Gaolers

3

-

-

3

41

72

1

4



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