New faces in Snappers' line-up are leading club's resurgence
THERE'S a revolution underway in local rugby with new player names emerging as both Coffs Coast based teams work their way back to prominence.
Coffs Snappers won the local derby with Southern Cross University Marlins 24-3 on a bog track at TG Jung Quarries Rugby Park with the most notable fact the changing of the guard in personnel.
Best for the winners were loose forwards Matt Schulz and Cameron Sweeney while outside centre Andy Levett continued his emergence as a perfect on-field partner in the backline with long-established Matt Spence.
For Marlins, Chris Wiggins was tops up front while centre James Perrett continues to establish himself as one of the best attacking backline men in the game.
Snappers were always in control after scoring the first try in the opening minutes.
A penalty goal to Marlins soon followed but that was the closest they came as the home side slowly but surely put their stamp on the outcome.
It was 19-3 at the break and while SCU dug in for the last section it was too much of a lead to overcome.
In the other match, Hastings collected the bonus point with a huge win over Kempsey and now have the minor premiership firmly in hand.
Next weekend, the much improved Snappers head to Crescent Head to take on the Cannonballs for what could still deliver second place on the competition table if the wins keep coming.
Marlins have the much tougher appointment with Port Pirates at Stuart Park.
Upper MNC Rugby
Hastings Valley Vikings d Kempsey Cannonballs 54-3
Coffs Harbour Snappers d Southern Cross University Marlins 24-3
Port Macquarie Pirates bye
Hastings Valley d Kempsey 32-9
SCU d Coffs Harbour 27-26
Port Macquarie bye
Woolgoolga Whitepointers d Bowraville Goannas 35-10
Dorrigo Rangers d Port Macquarie 29-7
Kempsey d Hastings Valley 33-5
SCU d Coffs Harbour 27-0
Port Macquarie d Bowraville 34-21
Hastings Valley d Kempsey 29-26
Coffs Harbour d SCU 20-17
Port Macquarie d Dorrigo 22-12
Under 14s (played Sunday)
Kempsey v Coffs Harbour
SCU v Hastings Valley Barbarians
Port Macquarie v Dorrigo