Early sea­son qual­ity and fit­ness is­sues

The Northland Age - - Sport -

Ri­hopo Matiu dived over in the cor­ner in the last minute of the clos­est con­test from week 1 of the 2018 TRL se­ries opener at Ta­heke.

Repo coach Lance Tay­lor noted his side had to play all of the first half with the bare 13 — car is­sues on the way to game pre­vented a cou­ple of other play­ers from ar­riv­ing on time. Oth­er­wise, it was a typ­i­cal early sea­son af­fair with qual­ity and fit­ness is­sues to hope­fully be ironed out as the sea­son grinds into gear.

“Both sides were a bit raw .I don’t think ei­ther team was re­ally in­ter­ested in de­fence,” he said.

“Ev­ery­one got pretty tired on the old D.

“Game could have gone ei­ther way to be fair. We just need to lay some sort of plat­form and we will get some struc­ture as the sea­son goes on. [Satur­day’s game] at least gives me some­thing to work on.”

This match was the cur­tain­raiser of the dou­ble header at Ta­heke.

Other re­sults from Satur­day were, United Val­leys Crush­ers 34 Ngati Wai Sea­hawks 12: The Crush­ers claimed the spoils in the main event of the dou­ble­header at Ta­heke; Tani­wha Ohaeawai 24 Waipa­pakauri Bombers 12: A good start for an­other one of the com­pe­ti­tion’s new teams at Ludbrook Park, and bye: Mo­erewa Tigers.

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