Talented team under-performing

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North Otago coach Mike Mullins answered Oamaru Mail sports reporter James Ford’s questions following the Old Golds’ 17-14 loss to King Country at the Whitestone Contracting Stadium on Saturday.

It was a fairly flat performance from both sides and North Otago didn’t seem to get into any rhythm. What are your thoughts on the game?

For the amount of talent in the team, we are under performing. King Country finished the game well and did the simple things like the driving maul to get them the final try.

Thames Valley are next. Will there be any dramatic changes made over the coming week?

Nothing dramatic at this stage. (We) will see who performs well in the development side, and select a team for Thames at the end of the week.

In what areas do you think North Otago lacked?

Finishing opportunities.

Is there a strong sense of spirit and confidence amongst the squad?

(There’s a) good sense of spirit, just not getting the rewards for their efforts.

Missed penalties proved costly in the end. Was it a tactical reason to replace Stephen Fenemor with Ben Palmer or an injury?

Missed kicks are a part of rugby. Tactical subs are part of the game.

PHOTO: North Otago will take on Thames Valley on Saturday. Pictured is Tenina Sauileoge in action against King Country.