Snakes muscle up for 2017 after playing 'monsters' in trial

16th March 2017 12:05 PM
KEY MAN: Matt Cornish in action a couple of years ago. He's returned to the Snakes for 2017. KEY MAN: Matt Cornish in action a couple of years ago. He's returned to the Snakes for 2017. John McCutcheon

RUGBY LEAGUE: Caboolture coach Adrian Rouse is confident his big men can muscle up to the challenge in this year's Caloundra RSL Cup.

The Snakes have added some weight to its roster for this campaign and they've benefited from a strength and conditioning program in the pre-season.

They proved their waves against an even heftier unit - the Albany Creek Gaters - during the pre-season.

"They were massive, probably the biggest team I've ever seen," Rouse said.

"They were monsters but we didn't take a backward step. We actually held them out and didn't get bullied so...I'm confident our big guys will match it with any big team we will come up against."

The effort against the Brisbane Second Division Rugby League team has the Snakes steeled for a round one clash with Nambour at Crusher Park on Saturday (5.30pm).

We've been told they're a big side (but)...we'll match anyone for size (in Rugby League Sunshine Coast's division one)," he said.

Among their big men is returned Snake Matt Cornish, who was part of the team in 2011, when it last won the premiership.

The Snakes also boast key ball runner Scott Maddick and could benefit from the services of play-maker Sean Yorston, who has played the first two games of the state league season with the Sunshine Coast Falcons.

In other round one games, Caloundra hosts Kawana (Golden Beach, 5.30pm) and reigning premier Maroochydore hosts Noosa (Buderim, 6.30pm).