Monday, May 13, 2019
Rangataua assistant coach Jamie Keenleyside isn’t a glass half empty type of guy, in fact, he’s the total opposite.
Despite his side coming away with a convincing 86-0 win over Matata in the latest round of the Women’s Baywide Club competition, he had nothing but praise for his opponents.
“The main thing with Matata is they are a really tight-knit community and it’s a little club, but they’re very proud. There were a lot of ladies that stepped up [for this match].”
“They had to find eight players this week and there were a lot of players who hadn’t even stepped on a rugby field and they all stood up and played really hard.
“They certainly didn’t lay down. They tackled hard, they carried the ball hard when they had the opportunity. They should be really proud.”
Keenleyside says his side came into the match determined to learn from their 29-24 loss to Rangiuru last weekend.
“It was my intention to give everyone a run and the people who had the opportunity stood up pretty well and I’m really proud of their performance.”
Despite some lopsided score lines at the weekend Keenleyside says competition for a top four spot was wide open and no team could be taken for granted.
In the other matches in the round; Rangiuru beat Waimana 58-12, Whakarewarewa were too strong for Rotoiti beating them 102-0. Mount Maunganui had the bye.
Click here for full competition results and draws.