Inglewood hope for a fresh start

Former Chiefs wing Latu Vaeno will start for Spotswood United against Inglewood.
Bradley Kanaris

Former Chiefs wing Latu Vaeno will start for Spotswood United against Inglewood.

The start of the second round will bring a fresh approach from Inglewood as they search for improvement in premier club rugby.

With just two wins from their first seven games, Inglewood sit second to bottom on the table as they prepare to host Spotswood United at Inglewood's TET Stadium.

Inglewood coach Cole Brown believes the players have become too structured in their play and have become "robotic" in a lot of the things they do.

To counter that Brown has told them to show more creativity and flair and try and use a lot more width.

If they can achieve that he believes they will be more successful and, more importantly, be able to improve on their try scoring statistics that shows they have not crossed in their last three matches.

One positive thing in Inglewood's favour has been the fact they actually defeated Spotswood United when they met in the first round.

However, Spotswood United appear to have turned a little corner in the last fortnight.

That might sound a little odd, given they have lost those two games, but their performances against New Plymouth Old Boys and Coastal were overall pretty good and they were matches they could have won.

They certainly have the forward pack to provide Inglewood with problems with several of the eight performing well for the Taranaki invitational team that defeated South Korea on Wednesday night.

Brown was definitely wary of what Spotswood United would bring up front as he asks for a big effort from their pack that could be weakened if flanker Jack White was ruled out with injury.

White was rated a 50:50 chance to start by Brown who would make that call on Saturday morning.

Elsewhere, competition leaders Coastal will travel to Victoria Park to meet third-placed Stratford-Eltham in what could be an interesting insight as to how the two teams stack up should they meet in the semifinals.

Both sides have packs that are not afraid to work really hard for 80 minutes while their defensive statistics point to the fact that both are also well organised.

The combined side have the potential to pass Coastal on the table if they win after the points were halved at the completion of the first round.

However, Coastal had the edge when they last met and start favourites to make it a double.

Defending champions Tukapa host a Southern side who are struggling to fulfil their potential. Southern missed far too many tackles against Clifton last week and if they do the same against Tukapa, then they could face a sizeable score.

What Southern need to do is try and slow Tukapa's phase ball. If they can do that, as well as minimise their mistakes, then they are a chance of winning.

Clifton will relish the chance to host a struggling New Plymouth Old Boys at Tikorangi. The home side's pack was impressive last week in their win over Southern and it would be no surprise to see them keep the ball close for long periods.

As always the likes of Matt White, Chris Black, Mark Shaw and Zane Neill will have a strong influence on how the game will go for Clifton.

Old Boys continue to struggle with injuries but will still be more than competitive.        

At a glance

Inglewood v Spotswood United

Saturday, 2.45pm

TET Stadium, Inglewood

Referee: Darryl Fale

INGLEWOOD: Cody Hall, Michael McDonald, Ben Leng (c), Kody Brown, Junior Iati, Lachlan Bunn, Ben Sapwell-West, Shane Wheeler, Jack White, James Sua, Kayne Newman, Cody Mason, Timo Tutavaha, Cam Hucker, Mac Ritchie. Reserves, Cam Shotter, Matthew Brown, Alapati Leiataua, Brook Harvey-Smith, Chris Bayens, Ben Rust. 

SPOTSWOOD UNITED: Brayden Byrne, Latu Vaeno, Enele Fidow, Frank Tawake, Paula Havea, Josh Perrett, Layne Connell, Pita Sowakula, Ethan Perrett, Tristan Lahmert, Micaiah Torrence-Read, Jacob Bourke, Asa Sorovaki, Matt Goodwin (c), Jared Proffit. Reserves, Sione Sifa, Kaleb Nolly, Jarrod Cameron, Michael Winter, Alex Gawler, Mitch Aro, David Stark.

Other games

Clifton v New Plymouth Old Boys, Tikorangi

Tukapa v Southern, Sanders Park

Stratford-Eltham v Coastal, Victoria Park 

 - Stuff

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