WaiBOP travel to Auckland this weekend determined to show that last weekend’s big loss to Capital wasn’t as bad as the score suggests.
“We’re not saying we should have won but 7-2 flattered Capital and we now want to bury the memories of that result with a good showing in Auckland,” coach Simon Mead says.
Analysis of last Sunday’s match showed WaiBOP had 51% of the game’s possession and had a better pass completion rate than Capital.
But it’s goals that count and Mead says fundamental errors cost his side – something the squad has worked hard to correct at training this week.
“I think we’re ready to show what we can do,” Mead said.
WaiBOP has had several players sidelined through injury for their two games so far but the Claudelands Rovers pair of Roberta Wigelsworth and Rhiannon Jones are responding to physio treatment and should be available soon.
The side misses striker Kerri Gerrits and Kylie Jens (both unavailable) this weekend and last year’s Golden Boot winner Helen Collins remains unavailable because of international commitments. Into the squad comes Eilesh Hayes (back from injury) and youngster Sarah Krystman who gets her first opportunity.