Upper Mid North Coast Rugby Union: Kempsey Cannonballs’ finals position on the line

Injury: Tasi Afoa's season has come to a premature end due to an ongoing achilles. Photo: Penny Tamblyn.

Injury: Tasi Afoa's season has come to a premature end due to an ongoing achilles. Photo: Penny Tamblyn.

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There are still four rounds of the regular season remaining in the Upper Mid North Coast Rugby Union competition but Kempsey Cannonballs coach Jared Fuller has declared this Saturday’s match with the Grafton Redmen a must-win.

“We are sitting one competition point behind them on the table so if we win we will move into the top four but a loss would see us drop away,” Fuller said.

“Realistically, we need to go up there and get the win if we want to play finals footy.”

Fuller has belief in his side with the team improving their set-piece in recent weeks, an area where the Redmen are notoriously strong.

For the first time this season the Cannonballs will field the same starting 15 for consecutive weeks.

“Injuries and other things have hampered us this season but it is good to finally have some continuity,” Fuller said.

Iulio Tavete remains on the sidelines for the encounter after dislocating his finger in the Cannballs’ narrow loss to the competition leaders the Coffs Habour Sappers.

Unfortunately experienced prop Tasi Afoa’s season has ended.

“Tasi worked really hard in the pre-season and since his injury in the opening rounds he has rehabbed but his achilles hasn't improved,” Fuller said.

The Redmen defeated the Cannonballs 15-14 in round four.

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