Ruck, the key to Nines

first_imgPicture: Courtesy NRL.com Pearce admitted the Roosters were still coming to grips with the Nines version of the game in the first two tournaments but is expecting an improved showing at this year’s event, taking place at Eden Park Auckland on February 6 and 7. “It’s different, and to be honest in the first year nobody knew how to play it,” Pearce toldroosters.com.au.”Last year we had some games go well and others not so much, but I think the teams that went well played tough through the middle.”People are always thinking about the space out wide, but in my opinion the ruck is where the game is won.”Pearce tipped former Bronco Jayden Nikorima to excel for the Tricolours, as well as his halves partner Jackson Hastings and the Roosters’ mobile forwards.”I think Jayden Nikorima would go really well with his speed and footwork, and Jackson Hastings would be great as well after playing last year,” Pearce said.”Mobile forwards would thrive, guys like Sio Siua Taukeiaho and Mitchell Aubusson are the type of guys you want running out there.”last_img

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