Tom Prichard sidesteps for Hornets who play Rhinos tomorrow.
Tom Prichard sidesteps for Hornets who play Rhinos tomorrow.

Rhinos pose threat at home

CUDGEN Hornets have not discounted the efforts of Grafton Rhinos and there is room for a hard-fought battle tomorrow afternoon at McKittrick Park.

The Hornets enter round eight of the Northern Rivers Rugby League Competition in second position and will be boosted by their 46-point win over Kyogle Turkeys last week.

Coach Con Theodossiou said he was confident – but not overly so – they could claim a win.

“Playing at home I expect them to put everything on the line as they are only two wins behind and it is a tussle at fifth spot.”

The Rhinos’ home ground is a place some teams fear to tread and last week they defeated Evans Head, but their biggest “home run” was in round four when they defeated Casino by 42 points.

Theodossiou said they had a lot of big boys on their team.

“Their coach and captain Xavier Sullivan is 130 kilograms, so we are hoping he doesn’t squash our blokes,” he said.

“They have big Fijians and I expect it will be a tough game.” Kick-off is 2.45pm.

Elsewhere, the Tweed Coast Raiders have the zest for an adventure and they will need it when they take on faultless competition leaders Grafton Ghosts at Les Burger field tomorrow.

Coach and captain Matt Slattery said it certainly would be a test and his players were ready for the match. “We play a better game at home and it will be challenging match for us, but there is some confidence after winning last weekend,” he said.

Game starts at 2.30pm.

Across town, Murwillumbah Mustangs will face Marist Brothers at Crozier Field tomorrow afternoon. They are hoping to complete a hat-trick of wins on the back of recent successes.

Kick-off is 2.45pm.

In other matches, Mullumbimby tackle Evans Head, Ballina match up with Casino, Lower Clarence host Byron Bay and Kyogle take on Northern United.

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