Dolphins aim to get off bottom

FAR North Coast rugby union captain Sam Stewart will lead his Dolphins into the second leg of the NSW Country Championship with one goal in mind – getting off the bottom of the table.

The Dolphins will play two games in two days; if they winthe first against New England they can finish fifth or sixth, but if they lose they will play off for the bottom two positions.

Stewart believes his men have what it takes to move up the table.

“We were tested against the best last weekend and proved to ourselves that we are not out of our depth,” Stewart said.

FNC was trounced 39-3 by full-time, but only after injuries and a sin-binning cruelled their chances.

“We were in that match for a long way, and we controlled it in parts,” he said.

“If we can take that form into our games this weekend we have every chance of winning.”

The new-look team is still a work in progress but playing for the future is imperative in the Country championship.

“Far North Coast has been on the bottom too long; we need to work our way up the table and now is the time,” Stewart said.

The squad has been boosted by news that scrum-half Adam Gordon has overcome a sternum injury and will travel to Belmont in suburban Newcastle to take his place in the side.

The format of the championship makes it extremely difficult for poorly performed teams to make progress with the last-placed team playing the champions in the first week the following year, as indicated when FNC was beaten by Newcastle Hunter last Saturday.



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