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In what is shaping up to be a highly anticipated match up, the question is whether Penrith can take down the reigning premiers.
Penrith haven’t tallied a win so far this season and hold a record of 0 for 10. Julian Huxley, their head coach admitted that the upcoming clash against Norths will be one of their biggest challenges.
“We are coming up against the reigning premiers, it will certainly be a test for the boys,” Julian said.
“We are trying to win every game we play and every performance is important, we need to win the respect of the people in our community and that will only come through quality performances and winning.
“Penrith need to learn how to win again and an internal belief needs to be there for each player who steps onto that field, small steps need to be taken in order to win.”
Julian boasts Wallaby and Super Rugby experience to his credentials, whilst previously being the assistant coach at Warringah and the Sydney Rays.
Having overcome many obstacles throughout his life and career, Julian certainly knows how to bounce back. With the horrible news that Julian was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2008, the only way was up for Julian as he overcame his illness by 2011 and returned to play a further 22 games at Super Rugby level for the Melbourne Rebels before finishing his playing career in France.
Julian touched on the potential out in the West and has a great deal of confidence in what the future has to offer.
“There is a lot of talent out here and we are growing in strength,” Julian said.
“I have been very impressed with the effort shown and there are really good players with a heap of potential, hopefully we can keep them in the near future.
“We have our own uniqueness and the boys are passionate within the community, after all Rugby is about building consistency and developing a strong culture within the club.”
Julian’s first year as Head Coach hasn’t been all rainbows and sunshine, but suggests that respect is key when moving forward.
“Respect for everyone in the Rugby community is key and testing yourself against the best builds confidence,” Julian explained.
“Giving our players an even chance of winning against other sides has been my toughest challenge and work has to be done now, sooner rather than later.”
Be there on the 10th of June when Norths face Penrith at Nepean Rugby Park. Norths will look to bounce back after falling short against Gordon.