PRESURE ON: Magpies must beat Saints to prove their credentials as a premiership threat.
PRESURE ON: Magpies must beat Saints to prove their credentials as a premiership threat. File

Saints seeking third straight season strike

IT COULD be third time lucky for Sawtell-Toormina aiming to seal top spot on the ladder when they travel to take on Port Macquarie.

Saints will be looking to bounce back from last week's loss in the local derby and return to winning form ahead of the start of finals on August 18.

They have already beaten the Magpies in Port twice this season and will be liking their chances as long as they get a strong team to travel.

Port's last two matches of the regular season are at home and need to win both to build confidence they can get the results that will be needed if the club is to lift the premiership cup.

The last match between these two teams was also at Wayne Richards Park and resulted in a 22-point win to Saints.

Scores were close throughout and it was really only small areas that Sawtell had the wood on the 'Pies which will be filling southern troops with hope they can get the job done.

Port and Sawtell women's teams have played two of the matches of the season and both were down south.

Saints are guaranteed to finish top of the ladder and Port can't be budged from second.

Meanwhile, last week's victory extended Coffs Harbour's winning run to five matches in a row and they head towards the semis as the form team.

After a shaky start to their title defence, the odds of going back-to-back have shortened during the winning run and with a home match against Grafton Tigers they will be confident of another victory.



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