Tough challenge for Coffs Breakers
HAVING finally earned their first win of the season last week, the Coffs Rugby Breakers face a stern challenge when they face the Hastings Valley Vikings at Advocate Rugby Park this afternoon.
The Vikings are coming off good wins against Kempsey and South West Rocks and are currently sitting in second position on the ladder.
The Hastings Valley pack is an impressive one and no doubt the Vikings will be looking to their big men today to run over the top of the Breakers with a strong reliance on their captain and big Lock David Keys to lead the way.
The Breakers are finally on the board after recording two narrow losses to start the season but their crucial win against South West Rocks last week came at a cost with flyhalf Brendan Robins breaking his finger forcing him out for up to a month.
This loss sees veteran Peter Shaw move to the playmaker’s role at 10 while Breakers’ captain Dylan Hurley moves back to fullback.
In a bold move coach Cairon Dunn has brought up Daniel Wilson from the under 19s to play in the front row with Kelvin Rushworth moving to number eight.
Rushworth is a specialist hooker but he should find some easy yards from the back of the scrum as he is very fast while being as hard as nails.
Hurley said that he believes there are still plenty of weapons in the Breakers armoury to ensure a second consecutive win.
The Breakers will rely on big man Dwayne Fox at outside centre to once again lead the way as he’s been one of the best players in the zone this year but Hurley has been especially impressed with developing second rower Steven Tong.
“Spectators should watch out for this missile who only two years ago hadn’t played a game of rugby,” Hurley said.
“Some people are saying that his tackles and the intensity that he hits is up there with some of the best in the zone such as Pete Bessling.
“For only a lanky boy he must have bones of steel.”
The Coffs Crushers are able to put their feet up today as they’ve already been handed victory after South West Rocks forfeited due to a combination of an absences and an extensive injury list.
Coffs Rugby Breakers v Hastings Valley Vikings: 15. Dylan Hurley, 14. Sheldan Phillips, 13. Dwayne Fox, 12. Kris Kent, 11. Jesse Browning, 10. Peter Shaw, 9. Joel McPherson, 8. Kelvin Rushworth, 7. Chris Jones, 6. Abayasankar Sundram, 5. John Korff, 4. Steven Tong, 3. Adam Dunworth, 2. Lachlan Chubb, 1. Daniel Wilson. Reserve: 16. Ryan Austen.
Kickoff: 3.00pm at Advocate Rugby Park on Hogbin Drive.