Camels not prepared for Pumas “blitzkrieg” tactics

Reynold Mugugia (with the ball) taking on a Warren Pumas defender in their Western Plains Rugby Union game on Saturday at Ailsa Fitzsimmons Memorial Oval. Mugugia scored one of two tries for the Camels in the match.

The Cobar Rugby Union Camels knew Warren Pumas would present at the Ailsa Fitzsimmons Memorial Oval on Saturday with a young, fit and well-drilled rugby team, after all, Warren were the 2023 Western Plains Premiers.

Warren struck like lightning and while not caught by surprise, the Camels were quickly overwhelmed by the Pumas “blitzkrieg” tactics and, after 80 minutes, the scoreline summed up the day; Warren were victorious by 83-10.

In fairness to the Camels, the playing group fearlessly took it to the Pumas in attack early in the game, and only their inability to retain possession and maintain pressure prevented the Camels from scoring on multiple occasions.

But, the Camels turnovers of possession were the Pumas “bread and butter”.

A single turnover as the Camels pressured the Pumas’ line resulted in a runaway try to the slick, well-drilled counter punches from Warren.

There were positives.

The continued 80 minute effort from the entire Camels squad must be acknowledged.

Camels newcomers, Jordan Bruce, Reynold Mugugia, Marley Jones, Kody Ford, Jordon Sipendi and James Gordon, remained brave, tackling their hearts out and continued to do the little things they had been taught about the game of rugby.

In fact, the Cobar scrum was a highlight.

Warren’s was the scrum buckling under pressure.

Youngsters Sipendi, Khan McMurray, Lachie Mitchell and Bruce continue to absorb the “dark arts” within a rugby scrum…Full report in this week’s edition out now!