Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Crushers Have Right Artillery

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Crushers Have Right Artillery

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IF you head to Coffs Coast Advocate Rugby Park today looking for the footy you'll find the place has gone to the dogs ... literally.

A week-long booking by the canine fraternity has forced Coffs Crushers to scamper from the home akennela and head up the road to John Paul College for their 3pm dogfight with Kempsey.

The match will follow the under-19 and reserve grade matches beginning at 12.30pm.

Stranger things have happened, but it would almost take a miracle for the Cannonballs to upset their hosts, despite Crushers going down narrowly to stablemates Coffs Breakers in the local derby last weekend.

The real interest will focus on the reigning premiers and how they fare against front-running Port Macquarie Pirates after making the long trek south.

Captain-coach Dylan Hurley is oozing confidence and gives his side a genuine chance of toppling the competition hot shots.

"The last trip down there we came within a couple of points of knocking over Vikings and the form since then has just kept improving," he said.

"I've got a real good feel about this one and a top showing will send confidence through the roof.

"They have to be taken on sometime, so this is it."

Hurley drops back to his favourite fullback position with Peter Shaw unavailable, but still believes the side is settled.

"I love it at the back, but it means giving out some extra responsibility to keep driving the forwards.

"Jono Jones comes back into the halfback role from today and it's good having Gav Vanderkly back in the side.

"Not only does he have enormous experience, but also great respect from the other players and he's going to be really valuable for the team for the remainder of the season."

Port Macquarie are noted for springing selection surprises at the last minute and Hurley was amused when told one of his opposing players is likely to be prominent jockey Danny Peisley.

Suspended for five months after being found guilty of betting offences earlier in the year, the top rider turned to rugby as a way to maintain fitness and has been a revelation when bobbing up anywhere in the backline. …

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