Winton Warlords ready for He Tauaa test

Last updated 05:00 12/04/2014
Cooks rugby league team

GOOD TIMES: The Cooks rugby league team surround their captain Kahu Tengu and his son Maiti, 8, after winning the Karetai Cup in a game against Winton Warlords at Sandy Point last weekend.

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Rugby league action returns to the playing fields of Elles Road in Invercargill tomorrow.

The second round of the Southland club competition will consist of two games, with Cowboys taking on Cooks at 1.15pm and He Tauaa facing Winton Warlords at 2.45pm. City-Invercargill have a bye.

He Tauaa missed a game last week when their opponents Bluff pulled out of the competition because of a shortage of players. However, six or seven He Tauaa players joined the City-Invercargill team, who were down in numbers, for a friendly game against Cowboys.

He Tauaa manager Frances Wharepapa said her team were eager to get their season under way.

"We're looking forward to getting our first game under the belt and then we'll take it from there," she said yesterday.

Winton Warlords go into tomorrow's round not at full strength, coach Andrew Osborn says.

The Central Southland team went down 40-18 to Cooks last weekend but Osborn said his side was capable of better against defending champions He Tauaa.

"We'll get the boys geed up and have a go," Osborn said.

Cooks' win last weekend delighted coach Eddie Hei Hei, especially as it was for the Karetai Cup.

"We're hoping for a lot more improvement [tomorrow] with the return of some of our main guys," Hei Hei said.

Cowboys coach Jeremy Borland was pleased to see young and inexperienced players show their worth in last week's friendly game against City-Invercargill.

"The makeshift City team had strong players in it from He Tauaa. We played pretty well," Borland said.

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