Silktails Still Searching For First Away Win Of The Season

The Kaiviti Silktails mounting injury and suspension toll caught up on them yesterday, going down to a strong Ryde-Eastwood Hawks outfit at TG Milner Field 40 – 14.

After going in at the break down 18 – 4, the score could well have seen the Silktails go in even – if not in front on the score after creating numerous opportunities in the first half.

“At half time we felt like we were still right in it as we created plenty of opportunities in the first half.” said Silktails coach Wes Naiqama.

“We had two turnovers straight after half time on early plays after the break and they scored each time, and we just couldn’t pull it back after that.”

“Last time we were in Sydney against Mounties we were really disappointed going down by a similar margin. Today, the score was much the same, and although we are disappointed, our efforts today were much better considering the number of players we had missing.”

“I was pleased with the way we finished as at 40 – 4 with 12 minutes to go – it could have got really ugly for us. We can take that finish and two weeks of hard work back home into our next game against Wentworthville in Sydney.”

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With Watisoni Waqanisaravi still suspended and Meli Nasau (ankle), Jonetani Bokini (Concussion), Makrau Fonmanu (Concussion) and Naisa Toko (ankle) all unavailable after the Hills Bulls victory, 20-year-old Centre Simione Cakau returned to play back row alongside 20-year-old rookie Fenton Williams.18-year-old prop Gabriel Naliva also made his club debut coming off the bench.

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“The positive for us is we again blooded some young kids in Fenton who started his first game for the club and Gabriel who made his club debut. We have plenty of young kids in our backline but for young forwards the assignment can be much harder, but those boys will be better for the experience playing against a really strong Hawks outfit today.” said Naiqama.

The Club also confirmed that the Silktails Board has terminated the contract of Fullback Osea Natoga who failed to board the plane after an alcohol related breach with teammate Jonathon Roseman the night before departure for the 10 Day Easter Road Trip against Mounties and Glebe in April.

Silktails CEO Stephen Driscoll said that in consultation with the club’s staff and leadership group, 21-year-old prop Roseman was breached but given an opportunity to stay on under strict conditions set down by the club and the leadership group. Natoga however was terminated as this was not his first alcohol related issue at the club.

Isaiah Tolutu has also been released to pursue an opportunity with Bond University Rugby in QLD. Tolutu played Round 1 against Penrith Brothers and was suspended for three weeks after receiving two charges in one game.

“Our squad has seen a lot of player turn over this month through injury, suspension and 2 players being let go by the club. This has created inconsistency with our weekly team lists but this has given Wes the chance to expose our younger players which ultimately is what this club is all about.”

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The Silktails are back in Sydney for their fifth away game this season after the bye Round next week, taking on the Wentworthville Magpies as they search for their first away win for the season.

“The squad are really determined to come back here and get our first away win. If we can do that we then go into a period where 8 of our remaining 10 matches are at home in Fiji including a bye.“ said Coach Wes Naiqama.