Ex­cite­ment in Rams rugby

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

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.

Photo / Sup­plied

King Coun­try Rams physio Colin Han­cock strap­ping King Coun­try Prop Manawa Veitayaki pre­par­ing to play Poverty Bay in Taupo¯.

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