Benney and the Jets

GAME one of the 2014 State of Origin series may already be done and dusted, but bragging rights are still up for grabs for two other teams with a great rivalry. 

HEAD TO HEAD: Nowra-Bomaderry Jets coach Ben Wellington and Berry Magpies coach Nathan Benney will clash this week in the Shoalhaven’s own Group 7 State of Origin.

HEAD TO HEAD: Nowra-Bomaderry Jets coach Ben Wellington and Berry Magpies coach Nathan Benney will clash this week in the Shoalhaven’s own Group 7 State of Origin.

One of Group 7’s great rivalries will be reignited at Berry Showground tomorrow afternoon when the Magpies play host to the Nowra-Bomaderry Jets. 

It is a fixture both coaches said they always look forward to, with Ben Wellington from the Jets even suggesting it was a local equivalent of rugby leagues’ showpiece event. 

While the Magpies also have a strong rivalry with Gerringong, their coach Nathan Benney said it never takes much to get them to lift for a game against the Jets. 

“I think it’s natural that you always try to lift for every game, but it’s definitely easier for certain games, especially if there’s a rivalry there, it gives you an extra reason,” Benney said. 

“I’d expect all the guys will be fired up and ready to go and if they’re not; I’ll be wondering why,” he added. 

Jets coach Ben Wellington said playing against Berry is always a test, but it is a game everyone steps up for. 

“Everyone plays hard and it’s always a good battle,” he said. 

“It’s a bit like a local State of Origin and it should be a cracker of a game,” he added. 

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