Losing start but no panic in YMP ranks

YMP still pointless from two losses in the opening three weekends.

YMP still pointless from two losses in the opening three weekends.

YMP go into their premier club match against Enterprise Cars OBM at Rugby Park tomorrow pointless from two losses in the opening three weekends.

But coach Steve Smith says they are far from pushing the panic button and he and the players are looking forward to the clash.

“I’m not putting any unnecessary pressure on the boys regarding points at this stage of the competition, and neither are they on themselves,” said Smith.

“Those were a couple of games we could have won (12-9 loss to Ngatapa, 29-20 to Waikohu),” said Smith.

“With having the bye (in week three), and then the Easter break, it’s given the boys a chance to freshen up and get over injuries from the first two games.

“I’ve said it before — you don’t win the shield (Lee Bros Shield) in the first round.

“While it’s nice to win games, our focus is on building a solid platform through the forwards as I believe we have backs more than capable of causing damage.

“But, as usual, it all starts up front and that’s where I’m looking for the senior players — Eru Wharerau, Mike Kemp, Rocky Monika and Jimmy Wilson — to lead the way.

“The break’s been good for Mike, who picked up a few knocks. Mike and Eru have both played a lot of good rugby at this level and having their experience is invaluable.

“That said, we know OBM are going to be hard to beat.

“Brent (Mokomoko, OBM coach) is doing a good job with them and he’s got a good pack.

“We can’t afford to let them get on a roll plus they’ll be pretty confident after beating Ngatapa out there (Patutahi) in their last game.”

OBM halfback and skipper Willy Grogan said it was good to get their first win (30-21 against Ngatapa) after a couple of narrow losses.

“But we’ve moved on from the Ngatapa game,” said Grogan, who capped his first game as captain with two tries against the green and whites.

“We won but there’s still work to be done. We need to back it up with another good performance tomorrow.”

Apart from first five-eighth Jake Holmes and lock Murray Hewson, who are unavailable tomorrow, Grogan said he expected the squad to be similar to the one that got the job done against Ngatapa.

Reeftahn Terekia could be handed the No.10 jersey that Holmes was outstanding in against Ngatapa.

“We’ve got a couple of young players coming through, which is good for the club, including Reeftahn and Blake Brown, who played well against Ngatapa.

“We’ve also got Mike McDonald, who played for the Gisborne Boys’ High first 15 before going on to play rugby in Wellington. His experience is good for the backline.”

YMP go into their premier club match against Enterprise Cars OBM at Rugby Park tomorrow pointless from two losses in the opening three weekends.

But coach Steve Smith says they are far from pushing the panic button and he and the players are looking forward to the clash.

“I’m not putting any unnecessary pressure on the boys regarding points at this stage of the competition, and neither are they on themselves,” said Smith.

“Those were a couple of games we could have won (12-9 loss to Ngatapa, 29-20 to Waikohu),” said Smith.

“With having the bye (in week three), and then the Easter break, it’s given the boys a chance to freshen up and get over injuries from the first two games.

“I’ve said it before — you don’t win the shield (Lee Bros Shield) in the first round.

“While it’s nice to win games, our focus is on building a solid platform through the forwards as I believe we have backs more than capable of causing damage.

“But, as usual, it all starts up front and that’s where I’m looking for the senior players — Eru Wharerau, Mike Kemp, Rocky Monika and Jimmy Wilson — to lead the way.

“The break’s been good for Mike, who picked up a few knocks. Mike and Eru have both played a lot of good rugby at this level and having their experience is invaluable.

“That said, we know OBM are going to be hard to beat.

“Brent (Mokomoko, OBM coach) is doing a good job with them and he’s got a good pack.

“We can’t afford to let them get on a roll plus they’ll be pretty confident after beating Ngatapa out there (Patutahi) in their last game.”

OBM halfback and skipper Willy Grogan said it was good to get their first win (30-21 against Ngatapa) after a couple of narrow losses.

“But we’ve moved on from the Ngatapa game,” said Grogan, who capped his first game as captain with two tries against the green and whites.

“We won but there’s still work to be done. We need to back it up with another good performance tomorrow.”

Apart from first five-eighth Jake Holmes and lock Murray Hewson, who are unavailable tomorrow, Grogan said he expected the squad to be similar to the one that got the job done against Ngatapa.

Reeftahn Terekia could be handed the No.10 jersey that Holmes was outstanding in against Ngatapa.

“We’ve got a couple of young players coming through, which is good for the club, including Reeftahn and Blake Brown, who played well against Ngatapa.

“We’ve also got Mike McDonald, who played for the Gisborne Boys’ High first 15 before going on to play rugby in Wellington. His experience is good for the backline.”

P W D L F A B Pts

Waikohu 3 3 - - 96 60 3 15

Ngatapa 3 2 - 1 55 49 1 9

HSOB 3 2 - 1 62 49 - 8

Pirates 3 1 - 2 56 76 - 4

OBM 3 1 - 2 35 35 - 3

YMP 2 - - 2 29 41 - 0

Athletic 2 - - 2 25 48 - 0

YMP, Pirates and OBM each lost a point for fielding unregistered players.

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