Coffs Snappers took first bragging rights in the local derby with SCU Marlins.
Coffs Snappers took first bragging rights in the local derby with SCU Marlins. Leigh Jensen

Snappers and Vikings the form sides in Telstra MNC Rugby

AN EDGE in experience gave Coffs Harbour a narrow but decisive 21-12 victory over Southern Cross University in the northern rugby derby.

The Snappers share the early lead in the competition with premiers Hastings Valley who smashed cross town rival Port Macquarie in the southern derby.

Again it was senior players such as captain Kris Kent and Matt Spence who did most of the damage, assisted by top front-rower James Bellamy who has been a tower of strength since returning to his home club.

Scrum half Brannon Murray was again one of the most impressive in the lineup.

The Marlins blooded more youngsters and while they never stopped trying, the home side was always in control.

Round three

Coffs Harbour d Southern Cross University 21-12

Hastings Valley d Port Macquarie 46-17

Kempsey d Wauchope 70-7

Grafton bye



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