Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Marlins Ready to Make a Splash in Big Semi Clash

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Marlins Ready to Make a Splash in Big Semi Clash

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SOUTHERN Cross University is a rank outsider for the MNC Rugby premiership but Marlins coach Dave Nicol predicts an upset in tomorrow's elimination semi-final against Hastings Valley.

aWe beat them last start and should have got them at their place, so I think there's a mental advantage going our way,a Nicol said.

aI had a yarn with Tunny (David Tunstead), their coach, at that last game and he said how much we'd surprised them,a he said.

aWe've played our best rugby against Vikings and while this will be a huge test, we're as set as we're ever going to be.a

The bad news is the backline injury list has improved only marginally and the full side to travel south tomorrow is still to be finalised.

Nicol has called a final training session for 11.45am today at Advocate Park to sort out the worst aches and pains.

aHastings are going to be more physical than last time,a he said.

aSo a lot rests on Josh Rayner and his Pommy mate Johnny Hoffman out wide, while our flankers are going to have to give the effort of their lives when play is in the forwards. …

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