ONE of the longest interstate rivalries in Australian rugby will be reignited this weekend when the NSW Country Cockatoos, featuring Shoals product Takunda Cimwaza, take on the Queensland Country Heelers at Riddles Oval, Goondiwindi.
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Kicking-off at Saturday 2pm, the NSW Country Cockatoo Colts will be looking to retain the Battle of the Borders Cup, while at 3:30pm the NSW Country Cockatoos will be seeking redemption after Queensland Country Heelers snuck away with a win after the bell in the past two years.
"The recent Gen Blue trials in Camden was a great opportunity for our fresh NSW Country Cockatoo Colts to spend a lot of minutes playing together as a side and I was really impressed with the boy's performance," NSW Country Cockatoo Colts coach Brett Marchant said.
"It was great to work on our combinations.
“Captain Coner Mulhearn and Eli McCulloch really paved the way for attack and both Lachlan Miller and Will McDonald had outstanding performances.
"We're in for tough game against the Queensland Country Colts, so we really need to stick to our structures.”
Following the NSW Country Cockatoo's win against the ACT Provincial in Camden two weeks ago,the Cockatoos are eager to secure a second win against the Queensland Country Heelers and redeem the cup.
"Despite the fact that we are a relatively new side, we played very well as a unit in Camden and intend to do so again this weekend," Cockatoos coach Matt Thomas said.
With plans to increase the speed of the game, the Cockatoo's will be looking for the backline to dominate.
"Our flyhalf combination has been working well and that, along with our forwards anchoring the scrum, should provide a solid platform for our backline to dominate," Thomas said.
"It's great to have Marc Koteczky back with us after a suffering a head knock, and we're excited to see ex-Cockatoo Paul Tuala's performance.
"The boys had to defend for extended periods of time against the ACT Provincial and we're anticipating we'll have to do that again against a tough Queensland Country side, but considering the player's talent and preparation I think we' re in good position to seek redemption.”
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