Fiji Time: 12:43 AM on Saturday 25 February

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Defence the key in Nines

Aap
Friday, February 14, 2014

AUCKLAND, AAP - "Host" team the Warriors are putting the accent on defence as they target winning the inaugural NRL Auckland Nines.

Fewer players on the field and rule tweaks carry the promise of fast, open action at Eden Park on Saturday and Sunday.

The Warriors have plenty of attacking threat in their armoury, with the likes of mercurial half Shaun Johnson, new English recruit Sam Tomkins, blockbusting centre Konrad Hurrell and speedster Glen Fisiiahi.

But their Nines coach Ricky Henry believes it's what his players do without the ball that will be the key to success.

"Definitely defence is a priority and it probably will be across all the other teams as well," he said.

"If you can defend well, you have a better chance of winning, so we're doing a lot of defensive stuff and looking at structures."

Henry, who is one of Warriors NRL coach Matthew Elliott's assistants, was an interested observer of rugby union's Wellington Sevens last weekend.

He has also talked to club icon Stacey Jones, who was part of New Zealand's winning campaigns when the World Nines were held in 1996 and 1997. While much in the game had changed since then, Henry said the fundamentals remained similar.

"You've still got big guys involved, you have to control the ball, you have to get the defence right, you have to make your tackles," he said.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64440.6254
JPY 55.991852.9918
GBP 0.39020.3822
EUR 0.46380.4518
NZD 0.68630.6533
AUD 0.63990.6149
USD 0.49320.4762

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 24th February, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Players sign 7s contract
  2. Teachers charged
  3. Locally owned health centre begins operation
  4. $1500 disappointment
  5. FLP defers choice
  6. Climate diplomacy talk begin small
  7. Help for victim, 86
  8. On the hunt
  9. Former Fiji rep laid to rest
  10. LCPA says North farmers not frustrated

Top Stories this Week

  1. Villagers burn objects used for 'witchcraft' at village cleansing Saturday (18 Feb)
  2. Man dies in custody Saturday (18 Feb)
  3. Family given son's post mortem exam results Monday (20 Feb)
  4. 2 dead in 48 hours Wednesday (22 Feb)
  5. Qoro resigns as exchange boss Tuesday (21 Feb)
  6. A lifetime try as Jasa weds sweetheart Saturday (18 Feb)
  7. $95,000 payout Monday (20 Feb)
  8. No more sleeping in car Saturday (18 Feb)
  9. $30,000 richer Thursday (23 Feb)
  10. Day of fate Monday (20 Feb)