Brighton Renault Dewar Shield Match of the Round Preview - Round 6

· Dewar Shield
by Rugby Vic Media

The Brighton Renault Dewar Shield moves into Round 6 as Melbourne University play host to Power House at Smith Oval.

We caught up with both sides before their Round 6 clash to hear their thoughts on their sides preparations and what they believe the opposition will bring game day. 

Melbourne University - Craig Dickson

How does the team taking the field this weekend look compared to the one that took to the field in 2018?

MURFC 2019 is a younger team but has developed in a tight knit group,  focussed on improving skill levels and always approaching a game with a positive attitude. 

Any new key recruits we should look out for this weekend?

Luan Scherman and Joe Basser have stepped up from Colts and have bright futures in the game; Junior Uelese is also new to the team but helps anchor a dominant scrum.

How do you feel your side has developed over the course of the first 5 rounds of the 2019 season?

The team has had some tough games and though playing well in patches, that has not led to the results desired. They are trying to eliminate mistakes and continue to improve week to week.

What did you take out of your Round 5 clash with Harlequins?

MURFC was happy to compete and at times, dominate in the set piece but still needs to make sure to take opportunities when they are created.

What do you think Power House will bring to the match-up this weekend?

PH will be well-disciplined and bring a physical approach that MURFC are preparing to counter.

Which players do you expect to fire for Power House?

Billy Gray and Tofiga Sa

 

Power House - Cole Mooney

How do you feel your side has developed over the course of the first 5 rounds of the 2019 season?

We have developed pretty well. Was impressed with the way that the club stayed on task and together after the first two rounds and there has been a lot of hard work in the last 3 weeks but we are starting to better understand our structure. Still a long way to go.

What did you take out of your Round 5 clash with Footscray?

They are a physical team and we were fortunate to have played well enough with the wind in the first half to have a buffer but what it did tell us is that if you go to sleep and go away from your plan anybody can hurt you in this competition.

What do you think Melbourne University will bring to the match-up this weekend?

A lot of energy, high tempo attack. They have a good set piece in particular their lineout but at full strength their scrum is as good as any in the competition. Defensively they get up quick and if allowed will get turnovers and slow down your ball.

Which players do you expect to fire for Melbourne University?

Ben Collins seems to be doing everything at the moment carry, tackle, lineout jumping at a high level. Will Clift is likely the best lineout forward in the competition as well as a solid contributor around the field. With the speed that Uni have they can all fire if you let them. Really good to see Joe Basser performing as a young up and coming player

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