Marlins stay upbeat as season approaches its climax
SINCE Southern Cross University enjoyed that historic first win over Coffs Harbour in round one, plenty has changed.
Marlins controversially lost premiership points and tumbled down the ladder, while Snappers stopped their flailing about and have emerged as the big threat to Hastings Valley.
Some say the only threat in the wake over last weekend's brilliant victory over Port Pirates.
Despite that effort, SCU spokesman Ben Van Der Linden is confident of beating the cross-town rivals in the local derby at Marlins Park.
"First grade is looking to continue the rich vein of home form which includes three wins out of four this season," he said.
"We are out to take the 2015 series win against the old enemy with the ledger currently one win each."
Snappers' spokesman Paul Butcher knows a win should secure second spot behind Vikings.
"At this stage the team will be at full strength with the backline again remaining unchanged and getting better from week to week," he said.
That includes attacking machine Waqa Yaya who last week scored what many claim is the best try ever in local rugby.
"Lachie Cummins is likely to come back into the forward pack after spending last weekend in greener pastures," Butcher added.
"The break will see him fresh and ready to go.
"Most of all, coach Rob Waddy is very pleased the guys in reserves are still putting pressure on the top 15, hoping to knock them aside for a position in the top grade.
"We have three weeks to go and there is a lot riding on this game."
In the other game Hastings plays Kempsey at Oxley Oval while Port has the bye.