Ten teams vie for premier rugby glory
to the new season.
Cathcart said it would be important to win close games across the season in their quest to make the McNamara Cup play-offs.
‘‘Those are the kinds of games we want to win this year, firing up at the end of the season instead of just at the start.’’
Waiuku manager Lindsay Pierce said remaining injuryfree throughout the season was vital.
Last year 15 Waiuku players were ruled out by injury, although so far they had suffered no injuries during preseason.
Christian Walker who plays number 10 and 12 was a player to keep an eye on, Pierce said.
‘‘I think Waiuku’s an exciting team to watch because we’re always the underdogs.’’
Papakura coach Gavin Giles said his team was going through the usual ‘‘pre-season angst’’.
The goal for the team was to finish in the top eight, Giles said, and fullback Dylan Watters and halfback Shirley Halasima were two players who could make a difference this year.
‘‘It’s just building on what the boys did last year and the commitment they’ve shown.’’
Manurewa coach Tony Barchard said the team had already lost four players to the Chiefs’ player development squad.
However, Barchard said he was determined to help the team to match up to the big clubs this season.
‘‘We’re just focusing on attitude and focusing on playing for one another and playing for each other.’’
Te Kauwhata coach Stephen Hickey said his side was coming off tough three pre-season games.
‘‘We just wanna play a good brand of rugby, we’re going to be one of the underdogs of the competition and we just want to compete with some of the big teams.
‘‘We’re just a good bunch of honest boys.’’
DRAW: Ardmore v Manurewa, Bruce Pulman Park, Manurewa. Patumahoe v Papakura, Patumahoe. Pukekohe v Karaka, Colin Lawrie Field 1. Te Kauwhata v Waiuku, Te Kauwhata.
All games start at 2.45pm this Saturday.
Cameron Skelton will be a key player for Pukekohe this season.