New coach is ‘qui­etly pleased’

Auckland City Harbour News - - Sport - By Scott Morgan

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.

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