Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Grand Final Rivals Set for Showdown

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Grand Final Rivals Set for Showdown

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TODAYaS grand final replay between Port Pirates and Coffs Rugby at Stuart Park will be a red letter day for a pair of Snappersa debutantes.

Sam Freer and Robert Rudolph are the third and fourth new faces in first grade after Mana Tewhatu and Max Timmons earned their stripes in round one.

Pirates are hot favourites after thrashing Hastings Valley 55-7 last Saturday but Coffs also have form after downing Marlins before a bye last week.

On the debit side, fullback Stuart McVicar is missing on NSW Country representative duties and Vile Vatuvilli has an injured back.

Coaches Rob Waddy and Craig Landrigan are still confident the remaining charges can bring home the bacon.

aWe always do well in Port and the guys enjoy running on the hard Stuart Park track,a Landrigan said.

aIt will still be tough after a week off but itas a long season with 16 games so what happens early in the season may not have much reflection in the back of the year.a

Coffs will need to shut down a backline said to be even stronger than the impressive premiership-winning line-up. …

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