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Town v Country Colts

17 Jun 2009

TowncoltsThe Town Colts defeated the Country Colts 36-20 last week at Rugby Park, although the match was far from being a lost cause for the Country players.

While the traditional colts derby between the Town and Country players is an important fixture in the rugby calendar, it is these days as much an opportunity for the players to promote themselves ahead of selection for the Canterbury Colts later in the season.

“We were very happy with what we saw,” Canterbury Colts coach Craig Philpott says. “It was a good game, very willing in the first 15-20 minutes especially, and a really even contest in parts.

“The Town squad probably had more experience and that showed in the end. Still, there were a number of Country players and one or two Town players who put their names in the mix (for Canterbury Colts selection).”

Town coach Roddy Butt says that while his side might have won, the Country boys also played well.

Countrycolts“The match got a bit messy when combinations started to be changed, but in the first half especially the skill level across the board was very good indeed.”

Roddy says that the Town backline was particularly impressive. “First-five Nick McLennan was very good, as was Jason Morgan at full-back.”

Craig Philpott says that in mid-July the Canterbury Colts selectors will choose a 40-man squad for a skills day at Rugby Park during the last week in July.

“Before that we will be meeting with the club coaches and letting them know who is likely to be in the mix.”

“We are very happy with the standard of rugby we are seeing from Colts players this season,” Craig says. “There is plenty of competition for spots and that is very healthy for Canterbury rugby in general.”

Craig says that the Town vs. Country derby gave the Canterbury Colts selectors the opportunity to view players of similar ilk play against each other.

“It was very helpful. Sometimes it is difficult to compare players who are playing in different competitions and so this was a useful opportunity.”

Roddy Butt would not be drawn into how many of the Town Colts should make the Canterbury Colts later in the season, except to say that a number had put their hands up for selection and that he was happy with their individual and collective performances last week.

Roddy said however that he expected a number of the Country boys to make the squad after impressive individual performances last week.


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