Sunday, May 5, 2019
Whakarewarewa have unleashed a weapon of mass destruction on the Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Men’s Rugby Championship.
It comes in the form of a high flying outside utility-back known by his mates simply as ‘Wehi’, but there is nothing simple about Te Wehi Wright.
According to Whakarewarewa coach Boxer Smith it’s been a pretty impressive debut season.
No more so than in their impressive 55-7 win over Rotoiti at the weekend.
Ten minutes before kick-off Smith was left in a quandary. His full-back for the match was a no-show so, he turned to Wright and told him he was being moved from wing to full back.
“He had no trouble with the sudden change. He’s a real educated player and a real thinker. He’s not the fastest guy in the team but he’s deceptively quick using his speed well, running into gaps and putting pressure on opposition’s defensive lines.”
Smith says despite it only being Wright’s first season with the club, he has already taken on a leadership role within the team.
“He’s probably one of the fittest guys in the team and he is dedicated to what his role is within the team.”
It was evident in their match against Rotoiti. Wright made several telling breaks, set up try scoring opportunities and scored one of his side’s eight tries.
‘’If he continues with this sort of form, he will find himself getting higher honours and wearing a Steamer’s jersey this season.”
Higher honours are nothing new to the back who leaves a devastating path of strewn bodies, laying on the field when he makes one of his trademark line breaks. Wright has already played five matches for the New Zealand University side and four games for East Coast.
Smith says he was pleased with the overall performance of his side who took on a determined Rotoiti side.
‘’The only disappointing part of the match was we weren’t able to keep Rotoiti to zero.”
That was due to the one mistake Wright did make. He fired a wide speculation pass that Rotoiti intercepted and scored. But then even weapons of mass destruction can sometimes misfire.
In the other matches of the Round; Te Puke continue their annihilation of their rugby opponents beating Mount Maunganui 56-17, Tauranga Sports lost To Te Puna 38-17, Greeton Marist beat Rangataua 23-17, Te Teko beat Opotiki Sports 52-27 and Rangiuru narrowly beat Arataki 31-28.
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