Sign Up to The Newsletter
Get scores, insights, and more delivered straight to your inbox!
with Rugby Director, Chris Hall
After a successful pre-season headed up by our new Head Coach Nick Hensley, Will Eggleston (Club Attack), Sape Misa (Forwards) and Aaron Sculli (Head of Athletic Performance) the boys were given a tough assignment to head to Rat Park for Round 1.
As an insight, some of the main program focuses in the offseason have been:
With the ‘Bye’ set for Round 2 and up to 9 front line players either carrying niggling injuries or unavailable, Norths went in with a couple of new faces in the backline including Jack Lindsay (flyhalf from Canterbury) and Reece Mau’u at outside centre.
Nick Hensley and the coaches instructed on a clear way they wanted to play – dominate set piece via our scrum, aggressive line speed in defence and play territory to run their bigger boys around.
The masterplan worked with the Rats being bullied by our forward pack, quality game management from Jack Lindsay and some tremendous individual performances by Josh Noonan, Connor Vest, Harry Burey and Sam Giltrap. It was pleasing to see the debuts of Connor Winchester, Jack Radford, Oli Stump, Hamish Sinclair and Benny Ryan, all of whom have come through our Shoreman Development Squad during the offseason. These boys have a bright future in the Red & Black!
Still, plenty of work ons and a long road ahead however it is always pleasing to get over the Rats on their home turf.
In my next report, I will give a deeper insight into our colts and lower grades which is showing some promising signs for our future.
We hope to see you either at T.G Milner for Grade or Bon Andrews for Colts against Eastwood.