EXTRA SPECIAL: The return of exciting hooker Jack Winchester will fire up the Snappers scrum technique.
EXTRA SPECIAL: The return of exciting hooker Jack Winchester will fire up the Snappers scrum technique. Brad Greenshields

Jack's back for Sunday's semi

RISING rugby star Jack Winchester will be back in the middle of the Coffs Harbour scrum for tomorrow's sudden death home semi final meeting with Port Macquarie.

Fresh from selection in the Australian Schoolboys team, his on field direction and scoring impact adds a new direction to the Snappers that co-coach Brett Davis feels may have been advantageous a week ago when his men lost their way for a time in the second half against Grafton.

"Jack has an exciting future ahead far beyond our level, so we will take advantage of what he offers for the time he is with us,” he said.

Davis is a fan of the young hooker but agrees he is one player in a team game and any one of his players could be the one to turn fortunes in the meeting with the Pirates.

"Firstly, we have to clock on for the full 80 minutes and if we don't do that we won't be going another week in the game.

"Last week we had a big lead and screwed it up and this time it could be fatal if we get away to a good start again and then switch off.

"No sense thinking ahead to who may be the next opponent after this one.

"Port are the ones now and it's them who are the stumbling block.”

After troubling the Redmen so much a few days ago, it makes sense to ask Davis his thoughts on who is most likely to win today's major semi final and receive hosting rights for the decider.

"Huge respect for Grafton who have done the hard work and never panicked when coming back to beat us.

"But if I were a betting man, my money would be on Hastings Valley who are showing their usual dash with the finals in sight.

"Not only do they have a point to prove from one year ago but their experience on big occasions is very hard to overcome.

"If it works out that way we may have a trip to Grafton coming up, providing we get the job done against Port.

"Otherwise it's over for the year.”



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