Newcastle rugby: Beaches boss banks on simple message

27/04/2020 Posted by admin

FIRST-YEAR Southern Beaches coach Va Talaileva doesn’t profess to beGraham Henry or even Scott “Bubba” Coleman, but he does know one thing vital to winninggames– hard work.

KEY MAN: Adrian Delore returns at fullback for Southern Beaches against Nelson Bay after missing the 44-28 win over Singleton. Picture: Stewart Hazell

It was the message Talaileva delivered before Beaches beat Singleton 44-28last round.

And it will be the same message he givesbefore they take on an unbeaten Nelson Bay at Ernie Calland Field on Saturday.

“Before the Singleton game, I told the boys I’m not Graham Henry or Bubba Coleman or Viv Paasi, but Iknow that if you stick to the game plan and work hard, you will win more often than not,” he said. “Especially the first 20 minutes; put you head down and work hard. Don’t worry about points, the points will come.

“To the boys’ credit they did that against Singleton. Fifteen minutes into the second half, we went forward and scored three tries to break the game open. We need to do the same thing against Nelson Bay.”

The Gropers followed a 24-7 win over University with a record-breaking 121-12 demolition of Lake Macquarie.

Winger Emerson Burgess scoredfive tries and Inoke Rokotolu grabbed a hat-trick as the home side ran riot to finish with 19 tries.

“They are similar to Singleton,” Talaileva said.“They have stepped it up. They have bought in a few new players and will be hard to beat.”

Caileb Gerrard, who joined Beachesfrom Lake Macquarie last week, will have to bide his time in seconds but Talaileva expects him to add a new dimension to their backline.

“Having Caileb is a bonus,”he said. “He will probably end up at outside centre, but like anyone who joins the club, he has to earn his spot. He started in third grade last week, this week he will be in second grade.We have been relying on Adrian Delore for speed for the past two years, now we have it.”

At Passmore Oval, captain Steve Lamont and Pete Bakarich return as Hamilton look to bounce back from their first-up 20-19 loss to Merewether.

“They were obviously disappointed with the loss,” new coach David Clarke said.

“The positive to take out of it was that even thoughwe didn’t play well, we scored the same number of tries as them.They didn’t stop trying and no-one dropped their head.

“Bakarich and Lamont strengthen us straight up. Pete is strong and a great competitor. Steve is just an exceptional player.”

Maitland co-coach Mick Hickling expects Hamilton to improve.

“Lamont will be back, and they have a couple of forwards to come back in the next couple of weeks which will strengthen them up,” he said. “If we can win this week, it would set up the season nicely.”

The games between Wanderers and Singleton and Lake Macquarie and University will be played as a double-header at No.2 Sportsground.

The Roos, whose position in Premier Rugby is under review, tackle the Students at 4.30pm and will be followed by the Two Blues clash with a much-improved Bulls.

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