Max talks Souths Vs Gordon
Southern District's 2011 campaign kicked off on Saturday with a trial against Gordon at Forshaw Park, chalking up 7 tries to 4 on the way to a 50-22 victory.
For the Rebels Sam Latinpulu was outstanding being very strong over the ball and chewing off considerable metre's with some physical carries. Hoani Matinga playing at lock had his first outing for the club having just arrived from NZ last Thursday showed that he is going to be a plus for the club.
Others to feature were Luke Smart, Josh Gamgee, Marcus Heather Dewitt Roos and Israel Stephens was a revolution when he came on at hooker with some outstanding work all over the park!!
It was typically and early season trial with a bit of dropped ball and other mistakes which have to be worked on, however the team was made up mostly of non regular First Graders, Reserve Graders and a number of Third Graders from last season, with all but a couple of players having played with the club last season.
The most pleasing aspect was the newly found attitude in the players and even when we were behind and not getting the reward for their effort they stuck to the task, beleived in what they were doing and came away with a good result.
Southern Districts will play their next trial against Parramatta next week again at Forshaw at 3pm.
Our game last Saturday was followed by a NSW "A" V's Barbarians fixture which included 9 Southern Districts players, as well as having Ben Vola Vola pulling out of the game with a training injury and John Ulugia being put on standby for the Waratahs depending on what happens with their Hookers over the next 2 weeks?
Tetra Faulkner only got 15 minutes but again showed that he is well and truly up to this level, Lapeti Tamani (8), Ryan Shortland (11), Apo Latinpulu (12), Nick Seymour (2) were sound again with Rohan Saifolio having a much better outing in the more familiar position of five eight. Nicky Price (14) also got some 10 minutes at the end of the game with not much coming his way.
In a Barbarians team made up of uncontracted players and seasoned club players the concept of the Baa Baa's again proved to be a great vehicle for these boys to show their stuff and run out 52-28 winners. The match was locked at 28-28 well into the second half with the Baa Baa's running away in the last 15 minutes.
From a Southern Districts perspective it was great to see Veteran Josh Gamgee get some time with the winning team, but the stand out for the Barbarians was without doubt Sean Doyle playing at 7, he was just in everything, and has surely caught the eye of some people with his performances over recent weeks.
As has been mentioned before Sean's "Man Of The Match" performance on Saturday was a result of all the hard work he has put in during the summer!!