Snappers look up
FOR THE first time in a decade Coffs Rugby Snappers are languishing near the bottom of the first grade premiership list.
A win today at Coffs Coast Advocate Rugby Park over Kempsey Cannonballs will change all that and see the side catapulted up near the top of a congested ladder.
A five-point loss to Pirates followed by last weekend's one point stumble to Vikings is the reason for the slow start and co-coaches Rob Waddy and Craig Landrigan are now demanding more ball control and better finishing.
"Unlike previous years we are still trying to fine tune our set pieces which at times have been terrible," Landrigan said.
"The team had a club session with ARU development officer Bruce Frame during the week and this was well worth it for the players and coaches.
"We have just been unlucky so far on the scoreboard, although we haven't deserved to win those close games.
"I'm confident we can be right up with the best teams from now on."
Winning won't be easy without Chris Tonks (work), Stuart McVicar (rep duties) and Brad Henry (broken arm).
Today's dry track is strongly tipped to advantage the Cannonballs which narrowly went down to Marlins on a boggy Geoff King Motors Oval after playing a dazzling brand of running rugby.
Play starts with under-16s at 11am.
Prior to the main event the Coffs Women will take on the Coffs Gropers Golden Oldies at 2.45pm.
Meanwhile, coach Dave Nicol will miss another match as his giant-killing Southern Cross University Marlins head south to Stuart Park, seeking the scalp of Hastings Valley.
The Vikings found Marlins their hoodoo side last season and Nicol is hoping his team's growing respect among the peers will keep the momentum rolling.
"Beating Pirates was unbelievable but we have to dig in again as you can't rest on your laurels," he said.
"This week we concentrated a lot on the line-outs which have been one of our least attractive areas, along with putting the polish on a couple of new tactical moves I've been keen to try out.
"Obviously, the boys won't miss me not being there and some of them are already asking I stay away so the luck doesn't change."
Coffs Snapper XV
15. Josh Lean, 14. Adrian Nix, 13. Max Timmons, 12. Matt Spence, 11. Waqa Yaya, 10. Kris Kent, 9. Robert Denne, 8. Paul Butcher, 7. Vilise Vatuvile, 6. Gav Vanderkly, 5. Matt Quirk, 4. Craig Landrigan, 3. Matt Joyce, 2. Brian Marshall, 1. James Bellamy. Coaches: Rob Waddy and Craig Landrigan.
15. Josh Rayner, 14. Simon Donald, 13. Jono Jones, 12. Dave McCormack, 11. Steve Harris, 10. Tim Davis, 9. Tim Yee, 8. Jack Cummins, 7. Luke Reeves, 6. Chris McDonough, 5. Josh McGinniskin, 4. Chris Wiggins, 3. Joel Ridddle, 2. Cameron Smith, 1. Matt Potts. Coach: Dave Nicol.