Winning vital to both teams

IN this weekend's match of the round, both the Coffs Swans and North Coffs Kangaroos will be desperate for a win at Fitzroy Oval.

The two sides' pendulum-like form in the last couple of weeks would make it hard to predict a winner but like any local derby, this re-match is expected to be tightly fought.

The Kangaroos will be buoyed by the return of Brad Giri in the midfield.

His value to the side is immeasurable and although he will be short of match fitness, it gives Sam Dawes and Darren Funston welcome relief, considering they have been easily the sides' best on a weekly basis of late.

The reigning league and club best and fairest will hopefully free up fringe players, such as Tom Merrick and Alex Delves whose contributions are necessary if the 'Roos are to reverse their loss to Port last weekend. After impressing against the Lions, the North Coffs were well off the pace against the 'Pies, and consequently, were exposed down back.

The Swans were given a reality check against the Saints who were very effective in shutting down their run in the midfield.

The side made elementary skill errors and turned the ball over too often in the second half when the game was there to be won.

Credit to the Saints who spooked the young Swans with their physical dominance and Peter Chadwick should aim to rectify this issue leading into the match.

They need more avenues to goal than Fraser Duryea who played a lone hand last week with five goals.

Evan Duryea was tagged out of the game by Daniel Pritchard, and will need to bounce back to assist Chadwick and Dave Box, who is enjoying a purple patch lately. Rob Eddy was superb down back last weekend and will have another shutdown job this weekend on Dawes or Funston.

It is a real test of character for both sides with the loser sure to have more questions asked of their premiership credentials.




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