NSW Country Coach Darren Coleman recaps on his team’s first NRC match and previews this coming weekend’s game against Melbourne.

Q: The Eagles first game came on the back of a short preparation and saw the team struggle to convert possession into points against the Western Force team. Talk us through the preparation leading into that game?

Agreed we did create plenty of opportunities, and in fact, we had 13-line breaks - the exact same as the Force. We also had 12 A Zone entries and only converted 2 of those into points. So, I’m content we have enough strike power to cause opposition troubles, but we need to get better at those conversions. We covered the A Zone attack in detail leading into the game so our composure and execution in that zone were disappointing.

We had a good preparation, we knew the parameters of time we had to get ready for this game so no excuses.


Q: The Western Force held a substantial lead of 28-7 at halftime before the team rallied to get back to 35-28. What areas of the game were you pleased about?

I don’t think our effort and commitment changed at all during the game, we just converted pressure to points a little better in the 2nd half hence the scoreline adjusted.

The Eagles never give up, never have in 4 years of NRC so weren’t going to in game 1 this year. I’m proud of the boy's effort mostly. We came together as a group on the trip and welcomed in the new boys, that will stand us in good stead going forward.

Q: This weekend the team travels to Mudgee for the first of your home games. You have a great record playing in Regional NSW.  Do you think there is a reason behind this?

Our boys care about the area they represent, we feel very welcomed in these areas, and like any team, it’s a home ground advantage. We take on the responsibility of representing the Country seriously and proudly and promoting Rugby in the Bush.


Q: Melbourne boasts a strong squad with plenty of Super Rugby players. Where do you see their Major threats?

Haven’t had a close look at them yet, we’ll get to them later in the week. First up we need to focus on us. No doubt they have a strong roster. But we’ll be ready for the challenge.



The NSW Country Eagles face the Melbourne Rising this Saturday 15 September at Glen Willows Regional Sports Stadium ready for a 1500 AEST kick-off. Adults are $10 and Children free. All ticket proceeds go to Local Rugby in Mudgee.







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