AFTER a rebuilding season last year, Bluff Rugby Club is making strides in division three in this year’s Southland-wide club rugby competition.
The team made the division three plate semi-finals last year, and, with five wins in eight games so far this season, Bluff is currently sitting in the top four on the points table.
Assistant coach Andrew Morgan said the team had one game left in round one, before the next stage of the competition begins later this month.
He said he was very happy with how the team was playing this year.
‘‘Probably our strength at the moment is our forward pack.’’
He said they had been quite strong in the ruck and maul area this year, where they would have struggled in previous years.
Morgan said the side attracted good numbers this year.
‘‘We’ve got a pretty strong roster of about 29, including myself.’’
One of the highlights of this year’s playing season was the team’s loose trio — co-captains Howard Moore and Halen Kumeroa playing at 7and 8, along with blindside flanker Cornelius Cuthers.
‘‘They’ve been the rock of our team this year.’’
The past year had been a bit hard with a few players getting sick and suffering injuries, but otherwise things were ‘‘pretty good’’, Morgan said.
The focus was now on moving the team forward for the rest of the season.
‘‘Hopefully we can get these other guys back up and running and fit.’’
Morgan said the team’s backline was also pretty strong at the moment and they would keep working on the forward pack.
‘‘We’re just building week to week.’’
Club president Shane Pearsey said despite the injuries it was good to see players kept their heads up and kep
Most of the players had a history with Bluff, with a few travelling from Invercargill to play in the team, he said.
The club also had a senior C team, along with four junior teams which started playing in the lower grade competition about three weeks ago.
While they had good support on the sidelines each week, Pearsey said he would always like to see more of the community come out when the team was playing at home.