Ray of hope for Coffs
AFTER three straight losses the last thing Coffs Harbour needs as the club tries to turn the corner is a visit from premiers Hastings Valley.
There wouldn't be a single non-partisan rugby aficionado in the zone who hasn't already predicted the Vikings are odds-on to storm through the season undefeated.
Except for Snappers' media officer Paul Butcher, who can see a small glimmer of light at the end of a very long tunnel since news arrived Vikings will be without New South Wales Country stars half Adam McCormack and five-eighth Weylan Skipps.
"We'll still need to improve a lot to get those points on the board," Butcher said frankly.
"Hastings coach Andrew Kable has those guys as well drilled as any elite team should be.
"Hopefully it's our chance, with Adam and Weylan away with the Cockatoos, to finally roll the sleeves up good and proper and get stuck in.'
Snappers welcome back star half Stuart McVicar from injury and key forward Craig Landrigan, who missed the loss to Kempsey with work commitments.
Coffs coach Rob Waddy believed with the field likely to be soggy, the game will be won or lost in the forwards.
"We played much better against Kempsey and again had every chance to win," he said.
"However the team trained well and know what to expect after having come up previously against the Vikings in a pre-season trial."
Southern Cross University has a bye and the weekend off will deliver some respite for the Marlins, with the status of their contingent of Fijian players under scrutiny.