Unbeaten sequence continues for Vipers

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If anyone had doubts about Vipers being favourites for the first grade title, they've been dismissed in the opening rounds.

The 2013 runners-up have won their first four matches this campaign by an average of more than 33 goals, including a massive 85-53 victory with just six players over Woonona WBRSL in round three.

They followed that up last weekend with a 64-26 triumph against Dapto Storm to remain one of two unbeaten sides this season.

Unfortunately, the prospect of an undefeated year nil as the club has had to forfeit their round six fixture against Corrimal RSL Cadets.

Nevertheless, coach Heath Sangster is still targeting five wins from five starts when the Vipers meet third-placed Brindles this weekend.

"There will still be no holds barred with us, I can guarantee that," he said.

"We will be looking to get the points and also add to our for and against."

Brindles lost their first match of the season last weekend (38-34) against WBRSL after struggling to get the same team on the court for the fourth week.

As an independent club, like Vipers, Brindles don't have the luxury of borrowing other players from the lower grades.

It's expected this player shortage will hinder their line-up again this week against Vipers, and Sangster plans to take advantage.

"We need to keep the pressure on their attack end. Our defensive end has been performing extremely well in the first four games and I don't see that that is going to back off this weekend," Sangster said.

"In regards to our shooting, we just need to stay consistent with our plays and that will break through their defence."

Following this week's match, Vipers will meet the competition's other undefeated squad SMJ in nearly three weeks time.

The second-placed side defeated Woonona McDonald's 45-31 in round four to keep the pressure on their table topping rivals.

SMJ are up against WBRSL in round five, with Corrimal RSL playing Dapto Storm and Woonona McDonald's battling Wests Titans in other matches.

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