Turtles quick off the mark

TURTLES coaching staff have drawn on a parable to transform a mix and matched collection of union newcomers into a finely tuned mauling machine.

Turtles clipped the wings of Alloway Falcons on round two of the All-Safe Spring Cup 50-12, despite a noticeable difference in experience.

Assistant coach Rob Darney said officials had looked to the old tale of the tortoise and the hare in training 15 new players to the team who had no experience of the game.

“We’ve taken a slow-and-steady wins the race approach to training and have tried to make sure we don’t bombard them with too much all at once,” he said.

“We’ve tried to equip them with a basic set of skills without getting bogged down in the more technical aspects of the game.”

Coaching staff gave the team a crash course on Wednesday and Thursday nights with new players taught basic skills like rucking, mauling and going to ground.

“They might not have played union, but most have played some form of football so we want to keep it simple and try and let their natural ability shine through.

“If we get the simple stuff right we can try and build on it in the future,” he said.

Leading the charge for the union newcomers were brothers Josh and Matt Tanner who look set to make a successful transition from Salter Oval to rugby union headquarters at Across The Waves Sportsground.

Matt showed his defensive prowess at fullback thwarting a series of Alloway attacks, while Josh impressed in the centres with some surging line breaks.

“They’re naturally skilled and with some time they’re really going to take to this game,” Darney said.

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