Culhane lends a helping hand

NATHAN BURDON
Last updated 05:00 04/04/2014

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Advice from former Southland Stags co-coach and Highlanders asisstant coach Simon Culhane had a positive effect on the Riversdale rugby team at training this week, according to coach Garth Lindsay.

Lindsay arranged for Culhane to help the team but insisted it was not a reaction to their 86-0 loss to Marist last weekend.

Culhane is not expected to be a regular member of the team's coaching staff but is prepared to help out when needed.

''This was booked in four weeks ago.  It's a one-off sort of thing,'' he said.

Culhane was at team training twice this week.

He had plenty of good advice for the players as they prepare to take on Tokanui at the Gore Showgrounds tonight.

''He's [Culhane] had a good impact,'' Lindsay said.

Culhane gave the team area's to work on after analysing last week's game from the sidelines.

The team had come through last week's game well and took positive points out of the performance.

''Once we got into the game we competed well up front,'' Lindsay said.

Lindsay expects brothers Hadyn and Robert Blatch, who didn't play against Marist, to be in this week's team.

Their inclusion was a ''big boost'' for the side,  he said.

Prop Joe Moir was the only casualty from last week's loss and isn't expected to play for some time after suffering ligament damage to a knee.

''I'd say he's out for half the season anyway,'' Lindsay said.

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