Mustangs back in business

MURWILLUMBAH Mustangs are back in the swing of things after recent success and they will be charged with all the gusto they can muster when they take on Northern United Dirawongs tomorrow afternoon at Stan Sercombe Oval.

A big boost came for the Mustangs in round six of the Northern Rivers Rugby League competition when they defeated Ballina Seagulls at home by 12 points.

Coach Troy McLean said Northern were hot on their heels and they were just sitting behind in seventh position. “They have had the same results as us which is three from six so I am not over-confident we can win but I am confident,” he said.

“It will be a difficult game because they like to throw the ball around which makes them a really tough side.”

The Dirawongs have previously locked down some high-scoring games and in their last match against Cudgen Hornets, they trailed 26-0 but then just missed out on a victory 34-30.

Mustangs are almost at full-deck as most of their players are back from injury.

Kick off is 2.45pm.

Across town, the Cudgen Hornets will mobilise their entire nest to defend their home turf this afternoon against Kyogle Turkeys at Ned Byrne Oval.

The Hornets have won two from three games at home and are placed fourth on the ladder opposed to the Turkeys who are just one from the wooden spoon.

Coach Con Theodossiou said his players were still enthusiastic after training with New South Wales Blues State of Origin squad.

“They are still pretty pumped up about the session, but you can’t live on that forever. You have to take the initiative,” he said.

“Hopefully they can transfer that energy because I know it won’t be an easy game for them.”

Theodossiou said he didn’t know much about the Turkeys, but he knew they had a good coach in Danny Walker.

All the action starts at 2.45pm.

Elsewhere, the Tweed Coast Raiders have been running hot and cold like a busted tap for a while unlike Casino Cougars who they take on this afternoon at Queen Elizabeth Park.

Coach and captain Matt Slattery said he thought the match would be more trying because the Cougars performed better at home.

Kick off is 3.30pm.

Other fixtures: Marist Brothers v Ballina, Grafton Rhinos v Evans Head, Byron Bay v Mullumbimby, Grafton Ghosts v Lower Clarence.



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