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Dolphins can be beaten

Coffs Crushers second rower Joel Riddle is lining up for the MNC Axemen this afternoon in the representative clash at Coffs Coast Advocate Rugby Park.
Coffs Crushers second rower Joel Riddle is lining up for the MNC Axemen this afternoon in the representative clash at Coffs Coast Advocate Rugby Park.

ONE of the biggest sporting hoodoos on the Coffs Coast could be broken this afternoon.

The MNC Rugby representative team are playing against arch rivals Far North Coast at Coffs Coast Advocate Park this afternoon but history suggests the Axemen’s chances of winning are remote.

MNC have been battling against the Dolphins for the Observer Trophy since 1977 but in all of those years the Mid North Coast team have won the prized piece of silverware only once.

That victory was a decade ago so the time that each competition’s representative fortunes were reversed is well and truly due.

The MNC Rugby selectors have chosen a strong squad which features four Coffs Rugby players.

The strength of the Crushers’ forward pack is reflected in the selection of second-row pairing Joel Riddle and Craig Landrigan, while aggressive flanker Vilise Vatuvili is also in the starting line-up.

Kris Kent is the Breakers’ only representative in the Axemen line-up and he will be starting on the wing.

MNC Rugby executive director Des Hoy says the inclusion of former Australian sevens player Jordan Macey in the Axemen team will give the home team the advantage needed to grab a rare victory.

“I think with Macey in our backline and a strong forward pack, we have as good a chance to win the trophy as we have had for some years,” Hoy said.



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