Sawtell needS its kicking boots if it is to avoid back-to-back losses to North Coffs.
Sawtell needS its kicking boots if it is to avoid back-to-back losses to North Coffs. Leigh Jensen

Roos confident

A SHOCK upset of Sawtell last round has North Coffs brimming with confidence ahead of its semi-final rematch with the Saints at BCU Stadium this afternoon.

The Kangaroos welcome back Darren Funston, Tom Merrick and Aaron Miller to the ranks for the do-or-die clash and will need to be at their best.

Coach Russ Matthews will be confident his team can pull off an unlikely double but they will take on a Sawtell team determined to avoid a second embarrassing defeat.

Saints coach Ben Hooke was concerned with his team's recent dip in form and urged his players to step up.

"We have beaten every side in the competition and have a real shot at winning the premiership," Hooke said.

"It would be a bitter disappointment to go out this early in the finals. We rested a few last week and have Jim Angel, Nathan Johnson, Sam Johnson, Ricky Zappas and Courtney Tune back today."

If it is to go all the way this season, Hooke's team will need to do it without star midfielder Todd Matthews, who is out indefinitely with a mystery illness. Matthews is one of the Saints' most important players and this is a big blow to their premiership hopes.



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