VERGE Street Oval will play host to an important Group 3 under 18's fixture this Saturday as the Macleay Valley Mustangs take on Wingham Tigers.
Both sides sit on five points each with the Mustangs in first on a superior points difference.
Macleay Valley will come into the game full of confidence after thrashing the Port Macquarie Sharks 46-4 whilst Wingham defeated Forster-Tuncurry Hawks 32-6 last weekend.
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Coach Reuben Jones backs his team to perform strongly against the Tigers and knows they'll need to be at their best against their second placed opponents.
"If we turn up and play to our ability we can worry most teams," he told the Argus.
Jones was critical of his team's effort two weeks ago at Verge Street Oval against the Hawks where they just scrapped through for a draw.
However off the back of mauling the Sharks at Port they've found their mojo, utilising their mobility and back-line to move teams around with the side disadvantaged by a smaller forward pack and various players featuring in the front row for the first time.
In the under 16's, Kempsey Dragons will also take on Wingham with the Dragons sitting in 4th and the Tigers in 7th.
In 16's league tag Group 2 action, Kempsey will head to Rex Hardaker Oval to take on Sawtell Panthers. The Dragons have won all three of their matches so far.
Smithtown Tigers league tag side will verse Orara Valley at Coramba Sportsground.
Kick off for the Macleay Valley Mustangs 18's is at 3pm.