New coach is ‘quietly pleased’
Richmond will take on some familiar faces when they go up against Te Atatu in the Fox preliminary rugby league series tomorrow.
Several of their players, as well as last year’s coach Sefo Fuimaono, defected to the club during the off-season.
But new Richmond cocoach John Teina says there are no hard feelings.
“It’s a friendly rivalry, but we know how they play.
“We’ve brought a lot young players in this year from our under-20s.”
Richmond will face an in-form Te Atatu after they beat Pakuranga 100-12 last weekend.
Richmond had a great start to the season themselves, upsetting last year’s champions Manurewa 4028.
“We’re quietly pleased at this stage of the season,” Teina says.
Meanwhile Mt Albert, who had a close 16-14 win over Marist last week, take on Ponsonby tomorrow.
“We’re very serious about the competition. We’ll stand up to be counted,” Mt Albert president Bill Werry says.
In other opening round action, Mangere East defeated Bay Roskill 36-22.
This Saturday Richmond play Te Atatu at Grey Lynn Park, Mt Albert face Ponsonby at Fowlds Park, Marist play Glenora at Halberg Park and Bay Roskill visit Howick at Paparoa Park.
Games start at 2.30pm.