Tack­ling coach­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Four Hur­ri­canes play­ers put their rugby coach­ing skills to the test at Can­nons Creek School last week.

Part- time teacher Dun­can Murray says he heard Canes’ coach Mark Ham­mett talk­ing on the ra­dio re­cently about want­ing to re­con­nect with the com­mu­nity, so he rang the Welling­ton Rugby Union the next day.

‘‘Within 45 min­utes some­one from the Canes rang me back and these four guys were booked in. It’s awe­some.’’

Last Wed­nes­day, mid­field back Char­lie Ngatai and loose for­wards Karl Lowe, Serge Lilo and Faifili Le­vave, the lat­ter two from Porirua club North­ern United, turned out to put a group of stu­dents through their paces.

There were drills on how to pro­tect the ball once a player has been tack­led, draw­ing and pass­ing, and plenty of time for games.

‘‘They were all re­ally good with the kids,‘‘ Murray says.

‘‘ Faifili and Serge are lo­cal boys, they went to school around here, so it’s great that the kids can see there are step­ping stones to pro­fes­sional sports through lo­cal clubs and schools.’’

Game on: Hur­ri­canes and North­ern United loose for­ward Faifili Le­vave gets pre­pared to take a tackle as El­iz­a­beth Uaisi­meni Perek­ina lays the ball back.

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