Crushers to put pressure on
THE Coffs Crushers are planning to put plenty of pressure on their opposition fly-half when they meet fierce rival Coffs Breakers this afternoon.
Brendan Robins has been a revelation in the number 10 jersey for the Breakers this year but Crushers coach Craig Landrigan believes it’s time to really put Robins under the pump.
Especially when you consider that 12 months ago Robins was a Crushers player himself.
“We will be looking to pressure him with aggressive defender Vilise Vatuvili marking him all game,” Landrigan said.
“Vilise loves these local derbies and I wouldn’t like to be on the receiving end of one of his big hits.”
While getting a win over the intra-club rival is always paramount as it means bragging rights in the clubrooms until the next meeting, this afternoon’s clash at Coffs Coast Advocate Rugby Park is doubly important considering both sides are in urgent need of a victory.
A loss for the Breakers would leave them with the very real prospect of slipping outside the four, an unimaginable event nine months ago when they claimed the MNC Rugby title.
On the other hand, a loss for the Crushers would see them lose touch with the top of the table and make the chase for a vital top-two position extremely difficult.
Landrigan believes such high stakes have brought out the best in his squad this week.
“After coming off a couple of losses the team have shown a lot of energy at training,” he said
“We all know how important it is to get this win and I know the tanks will be empty on the final whistle.”
Coffs Breakers were unlucky to leave Crescent Head last week with a draw after courageously fighting back from a first-half deficit.
Displaying such courage under fire is an asset their coach, Ciaron Dunn, believes will hold them in good stead for the grudge match this afternoon as he’s sure it’s going to be a no-holds-barred battle.
“We expect a hard, physical encounter for the full 80 minutes,” Dunn said.
“The Crushers will be looking to avenge recent losses and they should never be taken lightly.”
Then again, Dunn says that simply concentrating on their own game plan will be enough for the Breakers to get the win required to kick-start their season.
“We’re looking for consistency with our recent improvements and continuing to lower our error rate and concentrating on playing to our strengths.”