North Otago women’s rugby coach Mark Wilson is confident his young side can bounce back quickly as the crunch end of the season charges into view.
A nasty 72-5 loss to Otago University in Dunedin last weekend represented a bit of a blow to a highly promising campaign.
But mitigating factors – University is the class act of the competition, and North Otago had a swag of players missing – had to be taken into consideration.
“It was a wee bit of a disappointment, to be fair,” Wilson said.
“We had nine or 10 out through work and family commitments, and University are a very good side. They’re well-drilled and passionate.
“In saying that, we had eight schoolgirls playing for us and they all did exceptionally well.”
Tiaana McGregor scored the only try for North Otago, which trailed 41-0 at halftime.
Wilson expects to have a full squad to call on for the final round robin game this weekend.
North Otago plays Pirates at Weston in the curtain-raiser to the Town-Country game, and the formula is nice and simple.
If North Otago can win with a bonus point, it will host Pirates in a semifinal next weekend. Otherwise, it will head to Dunedin to play Pirates.
“We’re at home, it’s part of a big day of rugby, and the girls will be really excited to show what they’ve got,” Wilson said.