Brothers add beef to Blacks scrum

27/08/2018 Posted by admin

NEW ARRIVAL: Turi Uini has bolstered Maitland’s pack. Picture: Stewart Hazell
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MAITLAND co-coach Mick Hickling didn’t know what he was going to do for front-rowers at the start of pre-season.

James Curran had moved to Merewether to coach their second grade, SapatiPeniata joined Nelson Bay and Rhys Watson was injured.

“Jimmy Robinson was the only one left standing,” Hickling said. “It was almost panic stations.”

Twomonths later, the Blacks have a wealth ofbig men.

First, Willie Soe lobbed after the Waratahs dropped to first division. Now former Merewether brothers Turi and FrankUinihave joined the fold.

“Turipopped up at training in the pre-season but then decided to have a crack in Sydney at Easts,” Hickling said.

“Last Wednesday he called and said they were coming back to Newcastle and asked if we would still like themto play for us.We didn’t go chasing them. If they are happy at a club we don’t chase players.”

Turi played off the bench in the 10-9 win over Wanderers.

“I’m not sure how we will work the rotation yet,” Hickling said. “It depends on the game and how we are travelling, but to havedepth andto be able to brings someone off the bench who can add something, it’ssomething we haven’t had in the past year or so, especiallyin the front-row.

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