Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Bulls Wary of Wounded Wai-Coa-Bay

August 28, 2014

Pirtek NZRL National Premiership - Bulls Wary of Wounded Wai-Coa-Bay

Canterbury Bulls coach Darrell Coad certainly isn't underestimating rivals Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions, despite their inauspicious opening performance in 2014 Pirtek NZRL National Premiership last weekend.

While the southerners escaped New Plymouth with an 18-12 first-up victory over Central Vipers, the Stallions weren't so lucky, thumped 56-10 by defending champions Akarana in a game that was further marred by a serious leg injury to winger Ryan Gordon.

But despite their contrasting fortunes through round one, Coad expects a backlash when the Bulls visit Huntlyon Sunday.

"We know Wai-Coa-Bay are really passionate about their rugby league up there," he says. "I saw they got beaten fairly convincingly on the weekend, but I haven't read too much into that result.

"They'll be at home for the first time this season, so they'll be looking forward to some good support behind them. We'll be travelling again and we've got a few injuries, so we'll have to prepare well."

Besides the Bulls will remember their 20-16 loss to the Stallions on Monday Night Football last year, a result that decided fourth/fifth spots on the premiership ladder.

And Coad will be mindful that there are still areas of his own team's play that will need to improve. In 2013, they put 82 points on the cellar-dwelling Vipers, so that gap has closed right up.

"We were a bit rusty, to be honest," admits Coad. "Conditions were quite awkward - it was very windy and we didn't get a lot of time to prepare for the game, after arriving just an hour and a half before kick-off.

"We've got a lot of work to do, that's for sure, mainly in self-discipline - good passes, good catches. As a team, we played well, but those one-percenters let us down."

Still, Coad was happy with some individual performers, especially teenaged winger Cyrus Timo-Latu, who crossed for a try and added a tough sideline conversion in the strong breeze.

Meanwhile, Wellington Orcas will look to build on their winning start at home against northern neighbours Central on Saturday, while Counties Manukau begin their season on the road against Northern Swords, after drawing the first-round bye.

The Stingrays went unbeaten through the 2013 regular season, but got tipped up by the Falcons in the grand final.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Sheep: Shearing Record Smashed In Hawke’s Bay

Three shearers gathered from around New Zealand have smashed a World record by 264 sheep despite the heat, the pumiced sheep of inland Hawke’s Bay and a year’s wool weighing an average of over 3.5kg a sheep. More>>

ALSO:

Carrie Fisher: Hollywood In-Breeding & The Velocity Of Being - Binoy Kampmark

There was always going to be a good deal of thick drama around Carrie Fisher, by her own confession, a product of Hollywood in-breeding. Her parents, Debbie Reynolds and the crooner Eddie Fisher, provided ample material for the gossip columns in a marriage breakup after Eddie sped away with Elizabeth Taylor. More>>

  • Image: Tracey Nearmy / EPA
  • Gordon Campbell: On The Best Albums Of 2016

    OK, I’m not even going to try and rationalise this surrender to a ‘best of’ listicle. Still…maybe there is an argument for making some semblance of narrative order out of a year that brought us Trump, Brexit and the deaths of Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Alan Vega, who I missed just as much as the Big Three. So without further ado….oh, but first a word from the sponsor More>>

    Emojis: World’s First Māori Emoji App Launched

    It’s here - the world’s first Māori emoji app Emotiki has landed just in time for summer roadtrips and santa stockings, with 200 Māori and Kiwi cultural icons for people to share their kiwiana moments with each other and the world. More>>

    ALSO:

    Howard Davis: Album Of The Year - Van Morrison's 'Keep Me Singing'

    2016 was a grand year for Van The Man - The Belfast Cowboy turned 71, received a knighthood, and reissued an expanded set of soul-fired live recordings from 1973 ('It's Too Late to Stop Now'). In the game for 53 years now, Morrison's albums consistently open new windows into the heart and soul of one of the most enigmatic figures in modern music. More>>

    Review: The NZSO Performs Handel's Messiah

    Max Rashbrooke: Saturday night's performance took the piece back to something like the way it would have originally been performed when premiered in 1742, with an orchestra of 20-30 players and only a few more singers. More>>

    Culture: Rare Hundertwasser Conservation Posters Found After 40 Years

    When Jan and Arnold Heine put a roll of conservation posters into storage in 1974 they had no idea that 42 years later they would be collectors items. More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Culture
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news