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.
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.