SECOND DOSE: The SCU Marlins have already beaten Port Pirates once this year and this afternoon they'll be out to repeat the effort.
SECOND DOSE: The SCU Marlins have already beaten Port Pirates once this year and this afternoon they'll be out to repeat the effort.

Points-hungry Marlins primed for upset repeat

HARD to believe but the rugby side with close to the best defensive record sits at the bottom of the premiership table.

Southern Cross University has only let 65 points through the door, just ahead of Vikings (62) and today's opponent Port Pirates (62).

In comparison, table-topping Coffs Harbour has leaked 91 points, second only to the 94 by Kempsey.

It's a cruel statistic for the Marlins to contemplate with so many heartbreaking losses this season by a converted try or less.

The team is playing the second match at the new University base, diagonally across the road where almost a year to the day, they caused the biggest upset this century by rolling the Pirates.

A repeat is not out of the question.

The Port visitors let emotion get in the way last weekend in the 40th anniversary match and fell over the line to beat the Cannonballs by a meagre two points.

Their acting coach, Scott Leis, suggests "more consistency" is needed in Pirates' game.

SCU captain-coach Cameron Smith might suggest more points are what his side needs as the defence (so far) has been pretty good.

Meanwhile, Coffs Harbour head to Crescent Head to take on first round conquerors Kempsey.

Also, legendary coach Dick Laffan and wife Jenny will be back in town next week to help rejuvenate the Coffs Rugby Old Boys Association.

He's bringing former player Harry Davis along and the plan is to meet at the Coast Hotel this Wednesday at 5pm..



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