Line-out a FNC strong point

JOHN JENKINS knows where his team’s strengths lie and he plans to use them.

The veteran coach leads the Richardson Shield-winning Far North Coast Dolphins into battle against Mid North Coast at Coffs Harbour in representative rugby union today.

While it is a new-look side to that which won the second-tier trophy at the NSW Country Championships two months ago, Jenkins’ philosophy remains – play to your strengths.

And with James Trednick to don the No 2 jersey and Jeff Wilson looming in the line-out, the Dolphins will take that particular set piece whenever possible.

“We have the best line-out jumper in country rugby in Wilso,” Jenkins said.

“And with James to throw I think we can certainly take an advantage there.”

Wilson, backing up after his all- conquering run with NSW Country, will captain the Dolphins today when they run out for the Observer Cup at 2.30pm.

The squad has had a disrupted preparation with injuries, pregnant wives and retirement but will be on the job this afternoon.

“I think we will try to exploit them (Mid North Coast) by recycling possession and then shifting the ball a lot,” he said.

“Much more than we normally would, anyway.”

The Under-20s play at 1pm at Coffs Harbour Rugby Park, with the opens to follow.




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