Vikings and Cannonballs continue to set pace in MNC Rugby
ANOTHER dominant performance sees Hastings Valley firm to unbackable odds to defend the Mid North Coast Rugby premiership.
The Vikings picked up bonus points by scoring four tries in a 40-3 thrashing of Port Macquarie.
With two byes up the sleeve and seven matches to play, no other team can possible challenge for the minor premiership without an unforseen misadventure.
In the other fixture, Southern Cross University farewelled the five newsworthy Fiji imports but not in the way coach Dave Nicol wished.
After almost having the game in hand against Kempsey, the Marlins were pipped on the line by two points after a grinding forward battle at Verge Street Stadium.
The win continues the rise and rise of the Cannonballs who this year celebrate 40 years in zone rugby.
The club will mark the occasion on the long weekend with a gala day at Ian Walton Memorial Field in Crescent Head with a main attraction of a first grade clash between the home side and Port Pirates.
Coffs Harbour will head south on Saturday to meet Vikings at Oxley Oval while SCU has the bye.
Meanwhile, Coffs Rugby player Ashley van den Boogard has been selected in the NSW Country Corellas team to compete at the Australian Rugby Championships.
Ashley and Mid North Coast representative team mate Carla Marten played for the Chairmen's XV in Newcastle on the weekend.
Upper Mid North Coast Rugby
Hastings Valley Vikings d Port Macquarie Pirates 40-3
Kempsey Cannonballs d Southern Cross University 17-15
Coffs Harbour Snappers bye
Hastings Valley drew with Port Macquarie 19-all
Kempsey d SCU 27-14
Dorrigo Rangers d Woolgoolga Whitepointers 38-5
Coffs Harbour d Bowraville Goannas 19-12
Port Macquarie d Hastings Valley 45-5
Kempsey drew with SCU 10-all
Coffs Harbour d Bowraville 21-12
Port Macquarie d Hastings Valley 44-5
SCU d Kempsey 62-0
Coffs Harbour v Dorrigo deferred
Under 14s (played Sunday)
Coffs Harbour v Port Macquarie Black
Kempsey v SCU
Hastings Barbarians v Dorrigo
Port Macquarie Red v Coffs Harbour Barbarians