Wad­sco club rugby zone Match a step up from club rugby

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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.

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