Taranaki's Climo keen to feel the buzz again
"I'm keen to play. It's tough watching."MURRAY HILLS
Can Taranaki hold on to the Shield in this weekend's match against Canterbury?
Frazier Climo could be back on the wing for Taranaki's to face Ranfurly Shield challengers Canterbury in New Plymouth on Saturday afternoon.
The 25-year-old missed last Friday's match against Hawke's Bay with an ankle injury but has fully recovered.
"It's all good now. I've had a couple of days running on it and it's fine," he said after training with the Tenderlink Taranaki squad on Tuesday.
"I rolled my right ankle in the first minute of the game against Tasman but managed to play on. When I came off with 10 minutes to play, it swelled up."
Climo watched the Hawke's Bay game from the grandstand. "I knew at halftime we were going to be right with the wind behind us in the second half."
Climo said sitting out the week injured was tough.
"I'm keen to play. It's tough watching. I'm enjoying the team environment and every chance you get, you have to grab it."
Climo has had a fair taste of Shield rugby - four of his eight appearances for the amber and blacks have been in Shield games with a try against Hawke's Bay last year and 24 points (two tries, four conversions and two penalty goals) in the 51-7 win over Wanganui this year.
"Ranfurly Shield rugby is by far the best rugby I've played. It's another step up. The crowd, the buzz . . . it's a great experience and being part of it is pretty special."
Climo said if he was handed the kicking tee on Saturday, it would not worry him.
"I kicked for Old Boys (New Plymouth Old Boys) this year and I'm pretty confident the way I'm striking the ball at the moment. Sure there's nerves, but once you're out there, the nerves go away."
Climo said he learnt a lot from the Wanganui match when he was the first-choice goalkicker. "The first one I tried to kick it too hard. I just relaxed for the next one and struck it easy."
With Beauden Barrett away with the All Blacks, other kicking options are James Marshall who started last week against Hawke's Bay or Jack Cameron who came on as a second-half replacement and kicked two conversions and a penalty goal in the 22-6 win.
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