Carterton coach Neil Rodger is keeping his feet firmly on the ground despite his team’s resounding victory over fierce rivals Greytown at Greytown.

The win has Carterton one point away from qualifying for the Lane Penn Trophy final. The maroons also locked away the Grant Cup [for matches between the two clubs] in the trophy cabinet for what Rodger thought is the first time since 2018.

Rodger felt the performance was a big improvement on the first round 29-20 win over Marist.

“Unlike the week before where we probably played for 15 minutes, we played for 60 this week,” he said.

“We put a whole lot of phases together and we dominated at the collision but also dominated in regard to time with the ball.

“We probably dominated the scrum and that went well, and the lineout went way better than it did last week but I wouldn’t say we dominated the lineout.”

Rodger said Carterton had 12 positional or personnel changes from the Marist game in an effort to give players ample time on the field.

One of those changes was regular prop Tupou Lea’aemanu, who moved to No 8 and had a devastating game on Saturday.

Rodger said Greytown were obviously not the same championship winning side as last year but he’s certain that will change in coming weeks and they’ll be much stronger.

 

Credits: CHRIS COGDALE, chris.cogdale@age.co.nz

Photos: Neil Rodger

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