Wadsco club rugby zone Match a step up from club rugby
Monday’s Cecil Shield match between Nelson Bays and Marlborough was a pretty interesting game, and if you took out some individuals’ performances it was relatively well contested.
For me, winger Mitchell Scott had a very good game, as did No 8 Peter Samu for Nelson Bays.
Scott’s first try was a great individual effort and his second one was a really good team try.
With Marlborough’s interchange bench, their set piece suffered a little bit.
I’m going to sit down and analyse the game on a computer as I watched too many things on Monday and flitting about too much. So from a personal point of view, I need to sit down in the cold, hard light of day and analyse the individuals.
I thought it was a step up from club rugby, which was great and that was the purpose of it.
Having those Makos contracted players available added a little bit of sting, and I though that worked well for us. It was a pretty competitive fixture, although the scoreline would show, and it was obvious, that Nelson Bays jumped out to a handy lead and deserved to win the game.
Seven Waitohi players had been offered positions, all forwards, in the Marlborough side but only three turned up.
So, I’m a little bit disappointed about that.
So I’ve gone back and said, for future honours, we’re not going to muck around. I had two in a high performance group and both of them pulled out, while two pulled out of the last Marlborough training on Wednesday night.
Rangi [Leon MacDonald] got of to a winning start as assistant coach of the New Zealand under- 20s against Samoa at North Harbour Stadium on Monday.
For me, the players all just went a yard too far and took contact when there was a free man outside. I think they’ll get better as the tournament progresses, but they’ve clearly got some good individuals there.
Samoa had some really good opportunistic players who took full advantage.
New Zealand lacked a lot of team work which is to be expected because they’re young men and that sort of pressure on the big stage affects people in different ways. Ex-Nelson College halfback In play: Tasman Griffins player Kahu Tamatea hacks the ball ahead during their Cecil Shield clash with the Tasman Red Devils on Monday. Mitchell Drummond is a very polished player and it was good to see former Marlborough Boys College prop Atu Moli get an opportunity.
It was a good start and there’s a lot of pressure on those young players. They’ll grow a leg I reckon.