Saturday night lights

NIGHT rugby returns to Park Beach Plaza Rugby Park on Hogbin Drive thanks to the new light towers at the ground and what a match to break in the latest asset.

It will be a clash of 'mate against mate' when play kicks off at 5.30pm this evening as Coffs Rugby take on its club's ever improving development squad Coffs White.

On paper it looks like a match that will be one-way traffic but the highly credentialled Coffs Rugby team are refusing to take this match against their younger clubmates lightly.

"At no time have the Whites been beaten in the forwards this year and I have no doubt they are one of the better forward packs in the competition and we won't take them lightly," Red captain Paul Butcher said.

"However, we won't hide our game plan and that is to target their weak spots out wide and we will have no troubles pumping the ball down deep under the new lights to test them out time after time."

Captain of the White team Craig Landrigan was quick during the week to point out that his team won't be taking any backward steps against the Red team tonight.

"White might be the surrender colour but we never will," he said.

"We will be targeting Coffs' bigger players like Joyce, Hardaker and Officer who might be specialists at set pieces but we believe are the weak points around the field in general play.

"Watch out for our number 8 Ian Brown to be targeting these players."

One area the Whites may have it over their classier big brothers is depth on the bench.

Coach Rob Hoy said that the replacements that his team has at the ready are nothing short of first class.

"A few surprises might be sprung as ex-NSW Country stars Matt Hoy, Reo Hita and Kevin Simpson are all coming off the bench for the whites and set to return to club rugby," he said.

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