Tough year but ‘Hair’ hopeful on home turf

Nanjing Night Net

Forbes Platypi captain / coach Heamani Lavaka admits it’s been a tough year for his troops in Central West Rugby Union’s Blowes Cup competition.

But ‘Hair’ as he is widely known, is determined to give loyal supporters something to cheer about when his side hosts CSU Bathurst at Grinsted Oval this afternoon.

Both clubs’ first grade teams have struggled against more experienced rivals this season, but Hair says the Platypi will only improve as the relatively young squad matures.

Today is the last home game for the Platypi with an away game against Cowra to finish the season for all grades next Saturday.

“We want to finish at home on a high,” Hair said yesterday.

“[Today] is a must-win for us and the boys, the way they trained this week, they understand what they have to do to finish the season off the way we want.

“We want to play with a bit of respect for our supporters, because some of them are there every week and they know what it’s like to have a tough year too.”

Lavaka was pleased to announce that the Platypi would welcome back forward Jarrod Hall and back / half Josh Coulthurst today after both missed last week’s heavy loss to Dubbo.

“Jarrod’s our go-forward man in the team, and we’ll need him to be at his best [today] because we’ll need to play CSU in our forwards.”

The Platypi coach said CSU would use their quick and mobile backs to beat Forbes if they are given an opportunity to play expansive rugby.

While it hasn’t been an ideal first season for the coach, Hair said he would welcome another chance next year.

“It’s been a tough season and sometimes when you go through a tough time like that you want the season to be over, but for me, it’s not that way. I want to come back and see how we improve next year.”

Forbes forfeited colts last weekend but the Platypi will field three grades today, Hair said, with first grade to kick off about 3.15pm.

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