Hornets hope for recovery
SOMETIMES it is better to stumble than have a fall, and it looks to be the case for Cudgen Hornets as they move into tomorrow’s game against Mullumbimby at Ned Byrne Oval.
The Hornets head into round nine on the back of six victories in the Northern Rivers Rugby League competition.
Captain Steve Kirkham said it was a big game for both teams as they are mid-way through the season.
“We are coming off a loss, and whoever wins will have a mass- ive advantage for the back end of the year,” he said.
“It is always a physical game against Mullumbimby, but hopefully we can match up and come over the top of them.
“We won’t be playing the same way we did last week ... basically we didn’t even get off the bus at Grafton and we took them too lightly.
“This week at training we have been working on our second-half play.”
It is an important game for the Hornets, who were going strong until they came unstuck last week with a disappointing 40-point loss.
Kirkham said the game would be tough because Mullumbimby had some large men in their squad.
“They have big strong forwards, and that is where they could win the game,” he said.
“It will be tough because they will be ready to play for the full 80 minutes and they have had four losses in a row so they will be hungry for a win.”
Across town, Murwillumbah Mustangs are hoping confidence is the companion of success.
It will be an interesting game for the Mustangs tomorrow when they take on Kyogle Turkeys at Stan Sercombe Oval.
Coach Troy McLean said they would take on the Turkeys with almost a full deck.
“We’ve got everyone back except Corey Maher, who has a hamstring injury, and we are pretty confident,” he said.
The Mustangs are hoping to keep their home record intact after locking down four wins.
McLean said it was great to be at home, and the support is always fantastic.
“We have girlfriends, wives and kids cheering us on ... it’s a great feeling,” he said.
McLean said their season hinges on the next three weeks if they are to make it to the semi-finals.
Both games start at 2.45pm.
In other matches, Byron Bay play Tweed Coast Raiders, Evans Head face Lower Clarence, Northern United take on Grafton Rhinos and Casino clash with Marist Brothers.