Will the real PBC please stand up

Rugby Union

TODAY'S away match against undefeated Nerang will determine just what sort of contender Palm Beach Currumbin is in the Gold Coast rugby union premiership.

The second placed Alleygators have produced two off-colour performances recently, starting with their first loss in five years to Coolangatta Tweed a fortnight ago.

A dour 21-12 result over cellar-dwellers Eagles followed last Saturday.

Alleygators coach Craig Alexander is confident the real Palm Beach Currumbin will stand up and be counted this week.

"I have total faith in my players," he said.

Meanwhile, the Coolangatta Tweed Barbarians will be looking for a big performance from up-and-coming forward Nathan Jacobs against last year's premiers Surfers Paradise at Goodwin Park.

It will be a big challenge for Jacobs who will be playing only his third run-on game.

He has already shown plenty of potential and will need to really be on top of his game against one of the competition's more dominant packs.

"Our forward pack has been playing reasonably well," coach Dave Proctor said.

"We will need big games from players 1 to 22.

"Everyone needs to be up for this one.

"We know that Surfers have the numbers to call upon and we need to all be there to back each other up.

"It's going to be a hard and fast game."

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