Bun­nies opt for new ap­proach

The Observer - - LEAGUE SPORT - — Chris­tian Ni­co­lussi

LIFE un­der new coach An­thony Sei­bold will cer­tainly not be dull for South Syd­ney who spent this week train­ing with AFL club Port Ade­laide, and fea­tured a lit­tle-known hy­brid game of ‘Nance Ball’.

Souths stars Adam Reynolds (pic­tured) and Alex John­ston went head to head with the Power’s star mid­fielder Sam Pow­ell-Pep­per at Red­fern Oval in the op­posed hitout best de­scribed as “a mix­ture of forcey backs and touch footy”.

Both teams fea­ture 11 play­ers on a foot­ball field. A try is worth four points, two points for a kick through the up­rights, and teams get one free tackle if a player catches the ball on the full.

Sei­bold, clearly not afraid to roll out his fresh ideas af­ter tak­ing over from Michael Maguire, said the hy­brid game was the brain­child of former Wal­la­bies and Bris­bane Bron­cos con­di­tioner, Steve Nance.

“It was some­thing I al­ways re­mem­bered and wanted to use for com­bined ses­sions with the AFL be­cause it’s a very skil­ful game with the kick­ing com­po­nent and footy com­po­nent,” Sei­bold said.

“It’s re­ally valu­able from a phys­i­cal point of view.”


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