Excitement in Rams rugby
With convincing victories both at home and on the road, there’s a new level of excitement surrounding the Ssangyong King Country Rams rugby team in the latter stages of the Heartland Championship.
The Rams are currently fifth on the table after several round-robin games and have the potential to gain enough points to make a Meads Cup semifinal if they can win against Poverty Bay this weekend in Taupo¯.
Rams physiotherapist and Great Lake Physio director Colin Hancock is excited about this weekend’s game at Owen Delany Park. A veteran for King Country of more than 60 first-class games since 2012 who manages overall player health , Colin reckons the 2018 team has something special about it.
“It has been a privilege to work alongside so many great players and King Country team management over the years, all of whom do it for the love of the game” says Colin. “The players have to manage their individual fitness and recovery regimes, alongside twice-weekly intensive team training sessions in Te Kuiti, Taupo¯ or Taumarunui, weekend travel away to games around New Zealand, while juggling their own work and family life.”
Local support from Taupo¯ rugby fans will contribute to the intensity of the occasion. For the first time in 13 years, a Heartland Championship round-robin game took place in Taumaranui in which the Rams won from a tight game against highly-regarded North Otago.
“The Taumarunui fans really came out in force and encouraged the lads against a very physical North Otago team and it would be great to see Taupo¯ rugby enthusiasts do the same,” says Colin.
The Ssangyong King Country Rams play Poverty Bay at 2.30pm on Saturday at Owen Delany Park.
King Country Rams physio Colin Hancock strapping King Country Prop Manawa Veitayaki preparing to play Poverty Bay in Taupo¯.