Rugby Skills Academy coach Onehunga Matauia (third from right) talks rugby with Toowoomba Bears juniors (from left) Ollie Von Pein, Josh Heasley, Oscar Coggan, , Angus Wall and Archer Bracey.
Rugby Skills Academy coach Onehunga Matauia (third from right) talks rugby with Toowoomba Bears juniors (from left) Ollie Von Pein, Josh Heasley, Oscar Coggan, , Angus Wall and Archer Bracey.

Junior Bears sharpen skills ahead of major competition

RUGBY UNION : Bears are leaving no stone unturned in their The Armidale School Rugby Carnival (TASRC) preparations.

The Toowoomba club has once again called on Rugby Skills Academy coach Onehunga Mata’uiau to add the finishing touches to their under-12s squad.

Having represented Samoa on the world stage, Mata’uiau knows what it takes to succeed but his passion lies in perfecting the basics.

“The focus is always on making sure they understand the fundamentals,” he said.

“Catch-pass, tackling, tracking tackles and running good lines.

“We (Rugby Skills Academy) understand the abilities and skill levels of the young kids we’re working with.

“But getting the fundamentals right is important at every level of the game.

“It’s a real passion of mine.”

Last week’s four-day camp was the third conducted by Mata’uiau, and Bear Junior Club representative Ben Dampney said the results were always amazing.

“Having somebody of Onehunga’s level and ability on board is fantastic for the club and the players,” he said.

“The boys respond really well to him.

“It’s critical to us that they enjoy their rugby, but you can see how hard they’re working because there’s a noticeable improvement from the first day to the last one.”

TASRC, which attracts nearly 1000 junior players every year, will be held on April 19 and 20.



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