SOUTHERN Cross University heads south today to take on Kempsey Cannonballs with high hopes for the first win of the season.
Senior player Simon Donald said five grades would be played at Ian Walton Memorial Field in Crescent Head but the first grade Marlins won't find it easy.
"We showed potential against Snappers in the local derby and now just need more of the same form we showed in that first half," he said.
"There's a need to keep up the speed and intensity for the full 80 minutes as our match fitness should start to kick in from now."
It will be another young team taking the field this week with the majority of players in their early 20s.
More youngsters will be blooded into the senior ranks.
"The lessons learned from our first game will hopefully be put into action," Donald said.
"Those young shoulders carry a large weight of hope and expectation."
Coach Brett Davis has made changes.
In the front row, Daniel "Mr T" Wilson replaces Matt Potts who is away, while Brendan Bright replaces Damon Rootes at halfback.
Pat Randall moves into the second row from breakaway to replace injured Matt Travers. Angus Hickey steps up from under-18s in his first grade run-on debut.