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RE­CRUIT­MENT BAL­ANCE

Nei­ther one thing not the other re­ally. They had odds and sods and they still have odds and sods, just even less of them. Given they have no money and maybe no fu­ture after this year, they have done well to nab PolotaNau. But get­ting the best out of him will be a di er­ent mat­ter and even if they do, it will be fin­ger in the dyke sort of stu .

WHAT CAN WE EX­PECT TAC­TI­CALLY?

They are a young, in­ex­pe­ri­enced side but that didn’t stop the from play­ing well struc­tured rugby last year. They ac­tu­ally move the ball, shift the point of attack and play at a good pace. They will most likely try to do much the same this year.

GUT FEEL – RIS­ERS OR FALL­ERS?

We think they might be ris­ers. They have ev­ery­thing to play for and a big point to prove. That should drive them and keep them ea­ger if noth­ing else.

WHERE WILL THEY FIN­ISH?

De­spite all that they will put in and our fore­cast that they are a side on the slight im­prove, we still don’t see them climb­ing par­tic­u­larly far o the bot­tom.

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