MATCH PREVIEW: Fainga’a eyes cup opener

8 November 2018

Former Wallaby Saia Fainga’a is relishing this Saturday’s Championship Cup trip to Hartpury, the experienced hooker determined for his charges to get back to winning ways on the road (kick-off 1pm). 

Fainga’a, who was capped 36 times by his country, is expecting a stern test from the West Country outfit and is prepared for the new tackle law that is being introduced for this competition. 

“The new Championship Cup is exciting for us and for me personally, the new low tackle rule goes hand in hand,” said Fainga’a.

“It’s going to be tough and we know that the referees are going to go hard on it, but we’re looking forward to the challenge of playing against Hartpury.”

The new tackle law aims to assess the impact of introducing lower tackle height in elite adult rugby on the incidence of concussion and other injuries, player behaviour in the tackle, the nature of tackles, head injury events and other game events. 

Eying the threats posed by Hartpury, Fainga’a added: “We know it’s going to be tough upfront and we know that they’re young and enthusiastic, so for us we just need to rebound from last week and do the simple things well.”  

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