08 May Plusses and minuses
The Whites face Wests at home on Super Saturday with the sponsors’ lunch, the Fencing for Farmers social event and a full program of junior and senior rugby.
Extra training has been called by the senior players as they address their defensive weaknesses. First grade has leaked 142 points in four games-an average of 35 per game while scoring 81 at an average of 20.
It is a plus that the players have accepted responsibility for their performances. The minus is the number of players unavailable due to injury and other commitments.
Out of the team are Justin Sikimeti and Nick Frost (Brumby Runners), Will Goddard, Ryan Jones, Sokai Tai and Jamie Marmont (all injured) and Neori Nadruku (exams).
Sikimeti will then be off to Japan to chase a contract with Yamaha while Frost has been chosen in the Australian Under 20’s and will be a stranger around the club for a period.
The Whites have led early in all games and even the Erindale Elite were behind 12-0 before the errors started to mount. When they play with possession and play with discipline the side does look good. But 20-30 minutes of football is not enough.
All grades are suffering as players are called up and the numbers stretched to the limit.
Reserve grade welcomed back Daniel Naef from his high paying stint in Melbourne last week and he is a bonus.
The other grades have plenty to work with and the improvements in players like Angus Maxwell, Declan Tansey, Gordon Daunitutu and Aaron Robinson are all plusses.