Meteors GRUFS’ Tiki Matebau about to score his team’s second try in the match against Rockhampton Brothers on Saturday at Mount Morgan.
Meteors GRUFS’ Tiki Matebau about to score his team’s second try in the match against Rockhampton Brothers on Saturday at Mount Morgan. Chrissy Harris

Meteors put in a solid effort

A FIRST round defeat for the Meteors GRUFS has been met with a positive response from the first-year coach.

Jason Bell came away from the match pleased with his charges’ efforts against a competent Brothers side on Saturday at Mount Morgan.

“It was a bit scrappy and I think we were definitely rusty,” Bell said. “But it was a reasonable start against a very good side.”

After the game, the players spoke about the lack of cohesion on the ground, which is to be expected given the make-up of the side.

“With eight new players in the side, this is simply going to take time on the park,” Bell said.

“A number of guys have stepped up for us this year.”

Brothers scored four tries and two conversions, while Meteors scored two tries and two conversions.

“We had a try disallowed and if you take out the penalties, the scoreline would have been closer,” Bell said.

New players included second-rower Steve Dudley, Sam Simpson at number eight, and backs Rudy Wentzel, James Macrae and Ben Nodiem.

Considering the young debutants and quality opposition the team stood up well, Bell said.

“Flanker Michael McCanley also put in a really strong performance,” Bell said.

With University on the horizon for a Friday night clash in Rockhampton, Bell said a focus going into the game would be on being tighter around the rucks and mauls.

“University is traditionally very mobile and also has strong forwards, so we’ll be concentrating on being solid up front and more decisive at the lineouts,” he said.

Coach’s votes for the game went to Simpson, McCanley and Nodiem.



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