Group Three Rugby League: Mustangs host Bulls in battle for second place

Linebreak: Macleay Valley Mustangs five-eighth Mal Webster sprints away from the Forster-Tuncurry defence on his way to scoring a try. Photo: Penny Tamblyn.

Linebreak: Macleay Valley Mustangs five-eighth Mal Webster sprints away from the Forster-Tuncurry defence on his way to scoring a try. Photo: Penny Tamblyn.

Macleay Valley Mustangs first grade coach Dennis Ritchie has placed a lot of importance on their meeting with the Taree City Bulls on Saturday.

The Mustangs head into the match in second position on the ladder while the Bulls are one spot back and trail Macleay Valley by one competition point.

“They are sitting right behind us, we will need to earn the win if we want to stay in second position,” Ritchie said.

“All the boys are ready to go after a week off and we don’t have any injuries so there will be no excuses.”

Macleay Valley defeated Taree 30-20 in their opening game of the season.

The sides exchanged tries but the Mustangs never trailed in the match.

The Port City Breakers have proven to be the team to beat and are undefeated after seven matches, however Ritchie isn’t too concerned.

“There is still a long way to go this season and things can change easily,” he said.

“We are happy with our current spot in second and I would prefer it if we stayed there so we don’t have a week off come finals time.”

The minor premiers receive a week off during the first week of the finals.

Saturday’s action commences at 11.30am with the Ladies League Tag and first grade will wrap things up with their game kicking off at 3.15pm.

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