Dave Cowper (27)
None - but Matt knows his rugby that's for darn sure.
Knox fans should give it time. I'm sure his brief is for the whole school not just the Ones; so maybe we'll see a difference later on as younger players emerge having been coached well from a younger age.
An excellent report Lee, with good photos to boot. You got the feel of the game well. The Barker fullback did shine, a rugby player of undoubted quality (and not that the other Barker backs weren't lacking there either!). It will take a very good player to keep him out of the rep sides. I liked his combination with the Barker outside backs and thought it was good to see a game of rugby in which backs ran onto the ball at speed. I imagine Barker are very pleased to have him this year. And they are probably lucky he couldn't fit under the salary cap at Kings and that Barker must be one of the few schools not to have any waiting lists for year 12 this year. (But that last sentence from me may have been a cheeky digression).
The lingering question for me from Saturday, is not to do with the first CAS outing of the new coaching regime, which despite the previous success of the displaced coaching set-up, is required in my opinion, but whether the burgeoning talents of Knox music department are still previewing the upcoming musical.
Call me old fashioned, but I thought a 'preview' would be a brief affair. Over within minutes. But no, not in this case. It went on. It lingered. It endured. The preview wasn't of one or two songs, but of everything. Of songs that may have been in the musical (the name of which somehow escaped me. Was it King Lear? Camelot? Xanadu? The Horse Whisperer??) Or songs that select members of the cast thought should be in it. And when they seemed to have run out of cast members they got others to take part of the preview as well; family, wedding singers, the cast of My Kitchen Rules, neighbours, the drivers of the trains that drop the kids of at Warrawee. I was surprised that the Knox 1stXV didn't interrupt their warm-up schedule to break into a rousing rendition of "Always look on the bright side of life" as part of the 'preview' . If they have any further similar results to that on Saturday this season they may need to.
Perhaps the impact of the 'preview' passed me due to the sound quality present. It sounded like they had backed up a 'hotted' up ute in the car park and were using its speakers to pump out the music. With the resultant excess bass. And noise. But with a duration that made Blue Hills look as long lasting as Doug Mulray's Home Video show on CH9. And like the onset of a tooth abcess it gnawed away at your very soul with a omniprescent and eternal inevitability. The horror, the horror.