Uni did look well conditioned, but it should be remembered that both
Penrith (?) & Wests were having their first hit out for the year, unlike Uni
who have already had previous games .
One by product of the farcical Super comp and the mooted team reduction, there will be more focus on Club Rugby and a lot of fringe Super rugby players re evaluating their futures in Rugby. Should be more players available for the Shute Shield. On the other hand, wont surprise me to see a lot of these fringe players give Rugby away.
Perhaps they will look for paid positions offshore.
InjuredI may have been asleep at the wheel, but where did Jim Stewart go?
What's Angus Roberts doing? Not playing anymore?
I may have been asleep at the wheel, but where did Jim Stewart go?
What a great concept by the Rebels in dividing up their playing roster and sending them back to clubland. Imagine if the Waratahs did this.
It's a bit easier in Vic because there's minimal attachment to clubs and no money changing hands.
Maybe I was dreaming that something like this would happen in NSW to focus on growing the game.
The program will see every Melbourne Rebels contracted players assigned as an ambassador to a local rugby club, where their role will vary from playing for their club, attending functions, junior registration days and engaging with all stakeholders.
L.O... Uni looked sharper than Penrith & Wests when in possession. In saying that, Penrith put in a good first half,& were able to make inroads early ,but gave the impression that they tired as the afternoon wore on, probably due to lack of fitness, & also because they appeared intrinsically less athletic than the other 2 sides. Wests on the other hand did appear fit, but probably not as quick as Uni, but finished strongly in the second half when their combinations started to come together & they began to get more possession. I believe that the main trial between Uni & Wests finished at 14 all. Both sides had a number of players missing , but the standard of the game & intensity , was surprisingly good for a trial. Penrith did better than I might have expected , but their lower grade teams had more difficulty competing , & they appeared to be lacking numbers. This has obvious implications for the upcoming season if not rectified.