Win inspires hornets to go for two

AFTER posting a solid win against Ballina last week to be just one game out of the top five, the Cudgen Hornets are looking for back-to back wins when they host the Grafton Rhinos tomorrow afternoon at Ned Byrne Field, Kingscliff.

In wet, tricky conditions, Cudgen showed good ball control and cohesion between their backs and forwards to keep their finals hopes firmly in contention.

Coach Con Theodossiou, commenting on the win last week said, “perhaps we should play in the rain more often”.

“We went a lot better last week and there was a definite lift in effort,” Theodossiou said.

“Our forwards worked well as a unit and dominated Ballina and we will need to do that again this week against the Rhinos.

“They have a big pack lead by Xavier Sullivan and with Ray Mercy controlling things, they can be a very dangerous side.

“We are hoping that road trip takes a bit out them but the mood in our camp and at training this week has been very good and in front of our home supporters, the players are determined to do well.”

Theodossiou welcomes back Dan Forder to the centres but has lost hard working second rower Dan Chaumont who has broken both hands.

“This is an important game for us as the Rhinos are only two wins behind us but they have two games in hand and they are against sides you'd expect the Rhinos to beat,” Theodossiou said.

“A win tomorrow will keep our finals chances alive, put pressure on the top five and give us a gap to the Rhinos.”

The Hornets are urging their supporters to come out in force to cheer them home.

The action kicks off at Ned Byrne Field, Kingscliff from noon with the under 18s, followed by reserve grade and the A grade to kick off at 2.45pm

In other NRRRL game this weekend, Kyogle hosts Northern United, Ballina are home to Lower Clarence, Byron bay travels to Mullumbimby and Casino hosts Evans Head.

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