Warriors’ chance to impress in Pinetown away friendly

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By Quintin van Jaarsveld

With places in the final Fidelity South Coast Warriors first team squad still up for grabs, players will have an opportunity to stake their claim in a warm-up match against Pinetown tomorrow.

The Warriors make the trip to Pinetown focused on fine-tuning their game plan ahead of the start of the League campaign.

Coach Christo Henderson is set to trim his squad from 30 to 22 and with him making it clear that no player is guaranteed of a place in his final squad, players will view Saturday’s friendly as a trial of sorts.

“In every game or practice each player will have a change to make his mark,” Henderson told eHowz!t.

“One of our promises that we made to our players is that we will give each and every player a fair and equal opportunity this year to contest for the first team jersey and we will keep our promise going forward.

“All players understand that even if they make the first 15, they still need to work hard and perform week after week or there will be someone knocking on the door to step up.”

Henderson intimated that achieving a number of vital technical goals will supersede getting a pre-season away win over the Raiders.

“This weekend is a very important weekend for us as it will be our last warm-up match before the important Usher Cup in Maclear next weekend.

“We have to ensure that we get all the aspects of our game plan in place as we only have this game to do so due to Scottburgh withdrawing last week.

“Combinations must be finalised on Saturday and the final squad needs to be reduced to only 22 players for the League matches.

“Last but not least, we’ll look to put the finishing touches on our defensive structures, which I believe is going to be our key to success this season.”

Henderson said he’s satisfied with the progress that’s been made in the pre-season thus far and that the emphasis in training this week has been on game situations and set pieces.

“I am very pleased with the progress we made over the last two weeks and we have the current squad of 30 players that have really bought into our in-your-face and running game plan for the year.

“As we get closer to the business part of the season we have worked hard so that every player fully understands and implements every move and call that we have.

“The boys are really starting to gel as a team and looking forward to the weekend’s game.”

The match will kick-off at Pinetown Rugby Club at 3pm.

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