Top rivals to clash

NEW Macksville coach Grant Coleman has only played against Nambucca Heads once before but he’s fully aware of the importance his club places on notching a win against the Roosters.

“The local derbies are a big event, it’s not hard to (get) excited for it,” Coleman said.

“You need to be pumped up and ready to go for it because it doesn’t matter where you sit on the table, it’s always a hard game.”

This evening’s clash at Coronation Park has a little bit of extra spice seeing as both of the Nambucca River rivals are currently undefeated.

After a first-round bye, Coleman was a touch concerned that the Sea Eagles would be a bit rusty in their opening hit-out, but he said he was more than pleased with how his team performed.

“We had a good win against Coffs and defensively we were strong,” he said.

“We were a bit scratchy in attack but we’ll work that out as we go.”

Last year’s grand finalists have made just one change to last week’s team, with Michael Roberts coming on to the bench in place of Kyle Miller.

Nambucca Heads’ forward pack has been bolstered by the return of Tristan Hamilton-Giggins, who replaces the injured Jordan Hollis.

After impressing last week, George Edwards has also forced his way into the starting 15 for the Roosters.

Under the guidance of new coach Garren Stigg, the Roosters have had their best start to a season for a decade, and no doubt the tri-colours will be working at full capacity to not only remain at the top of the Group 2 table but also to get one up on their oldest and fiercest rival.



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