OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE: If Coffs Snappers are to host this year’s MNC Rugby grand final, it must produce its very best against Hastings Valley this afternoon. Gemima Harvey
OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE: If Coffs Snappers are to host this year’s MNC Rugby grand final, it must produce its very best against Hastings Valley this afternoon. Gemima Harvey

Snappers will fight hard to secure underdog victory

THERE'S no need to try and fit Tom Cruise into Coffs Rugby's starting XV because today's major semi-final isn't mission impossible.

Taking on the all-conquering Hastings Valley on their home soil is a tough ask but it's not beyond the realms of possibility.

Last week the Vikings put the Coffs Harbour team to the sword, particularly in the first half, on the way to a 60-10 thrashing.

This afternoon, though, the Snappers will be fielding a stronger team.

Matt Joyce and Craig Landrigan return to the line-up and their skill and experience will no doubt strengthen the forward pack.

It is in the forwards the Snappers may be able to exploit the minor premiers.

Despite last week's loss, some heart can be taken by the fact the Vikings conceded 11 scrum penalties.

The return of Joyce and Landrigan could help further exploit any binding issues Hastings Valley has.

Vikings coach Andrew Kable has a bit more than scrum issues to worry about as well.

Word has it the trio of Dan Willoughby, Tom Sheaves and Glen Littler all faced fitness tests last night.

Coffs coach Rob Waddy is under no illusions his team will need to play at its best today to knock over the team that has swept all before it this season.

But there have been plenty of times in the history of sport where the underdog prevails in a two-horse race.

Victory today also carries one extra reward. While making the grand final is a big enough carrot for the players to follow, earning hosting rights for the big game is an added bonus.

One that would be well deserved with an upset victory for the ages.

MAJOR SEMI-FINAL

Hastings Valley Vikings v Coffs Rugby Snappers

3pm Saturday at Oxley Oval, Port Macquarie



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