The Comets and Magpies meet for the first time since the season-opening 9’s competition. Gemima Harvey
The Comets and Magpies meet for the first time since the season-opening 9’s competition. Gemima Harvey

Speed wants respect for Magpies

COFFS Harbour coach Colin Speed is demanding his men grant battling Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo the same respect given to Orara Valley in last weekend's narrow squeak at Coramba.

Back at home base the Comets should easily account for the competition battlers but the wily coach is taking no chances.

"I'm glad Orara got so close and thankful they made us dig in to get the points," Speed said.

"One big lesson we learned was how to work in defence for each other when the going gets difficult.

"The Axemen had respect for us and showed there's no room for complacency and that's what I want from my boys against Bellingen.

"We also worked on a few combinations on the outside play and with the weather as it we should see similar conditions."

Orara will take on Sawtell today at Coramba with the rest of the round played tomorrow.

Clubs boasting North Coast representative players will have fingers crossed all make it back for club matches following today's AAMI Country Rugby League championship matches at Harry Elliott Oval in Tuncurry.

North Coast has the toughest opponent taking on a Canberra team packed with players boasting Raiders credentials.

Round six

2.30pm today

Orara Valley v Sawtell

Coramba Sportsground

Referee: Craig Craigie

2.45pm tomorrow

Coffs Harbour v Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo

Geoff King Motors Oval

Referee: Lenny Duroux

Macksville v Grafton

Allen Gillett Oval

Referee: Ray Pettit

South Grafton v Nambucca Heads

McKittrick Park

Referee: Nathan Grace



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