UMS hosts B teams of super rugby
The United Matamata Sports Club will host the Chiefs and Auckland development teams this Friday evening at Bedford Park.
Kicking off at 5.30pm this will be a special opportunity for local rugby followers to see potential Super Rugby players in action in Matamata and will provide a leadin to the Chiefs versus Blues Super Rugby local derby clash at Waikato Stadium on Saturday night.
The Chiefs Development team is selected from the Chiefs Wider Training Group players and selected players from the Chiefs region Provincial Unions; CountiesManukau, Waikato and Bay of Plenty and possibly players from the Chiefs Super Rugby squad, with a mixture of experienced and emerging players.
The Chiefs Development team is coached by Chiefs’ resource coach Kevin Schuler and Counties-Manukau Steelers coach Milton Haig with the assistance of Waikato coach Chris Gibbes and Bay of Plenty coach Sean Horan.
Kevin Schuler said as a coaching staff they were enjoying helping talented players take advantage of this excellent opportunity to add to their development.
‘‘ I think
develop- ment programme is an excellent opportunity for the players just below the Chiefs level to get some really good rugby early in the season, particularly playing first class games,’’ he said.
The Chiefs Development team have played three matches this month against the visiting Tonga A, Fiji A and Samoa A teams.
They have walked away with strong wins against Tonga A winning 50-13 and Fiji A with a 25-10 score.
They had a narrow Samoa A at 18-17.
Chiefs’ high performance manager Chris Tindall said: ‘‘ We are keen to have our Chiefs teams play across the Chiefs region and build our connection with our rugby community.’’
‘‘The United Matamata Sports Club ground and clubrooms facilities, including the new field lighting, provide a great set up for doing so and we are looking forward to being in Matamata for what should be a good match against the Blues development boys and enjoying some time in the clubrooms afterwards.’’
A curtain raiser match between Trident High School from Whakatane and the Tritons from South Waikato Schools will kick off at 3.15pm.