Rugby: Loosie Johnston has tongues wagging in Bali

Dynamic Napier Old Boys Marist rugby loosie Chris Johnston was a speak of a Bali 10s contest final a weekend.

“Everybody was articulate about him over here. All a Aussies and players from a other teams we faced couldn’t trust he wasn’t in a Hawke’s Bay Magpies group this season. He should have been … he was that good,” NOBM manager Craig Gowler said, after his infantry kick Perth-based Kalamunda Bulls 12-0 in their final.

In their semifinal NOBM kick a Perth Bayswater side 19-0. In their pool games on day one, when heat reached 36 degrees, NOBM kick Augmen Barbarians from Australia 17-0, a British Army team, a Flying Kukris, 31-0 and an Indonesian side, Tabalan, 44-0.

“To measure 142 points in 6 games while surrender nothing unequivocally says something for a defence,” Gowler said.

Another of his loosies, Ricky Hayes, who played for a Magpies progressing in a season, tender with his fugitive runs and halfback Zac Donaldson, who also had Mitre 10 Cup diversion time progressing in a season, shone with his ability to spot out space.

Experienced midfield behind Migao Lauano fast became a throng favourite with his blockbusting runs and while Gowler’s son Logan, who is Wellington-based, propitious in good with a Maddison Trophy, Nash Cup, Hawke’s Bay Challenge Trophy and NOBM Invitation Sevens pretension holders.

Coach Gowler forked out both a Kalamunda Bulls and Perth Baywater teams contained some outrageous players.

“We had to play it during gait and pierce a round around as most as we could. I’m certain those Aussie teams spend all day in a gym.”

On a day before a contest a NOBM players conducted skills and drills coaching sessions with a Bali Sevens and Academy teams.

“As a outcome of those sessions we were treated like a home group by a locals when a final was played,” Gowler said.

Yesterday a NOBM players did some work during a Bali institution and presented a youngsters with some Kooga rigging and groceries as a token of interjection to a Balinese people for their liberality and friendship.

Gowler pronounced his infantry will have a integrate of weeks rest before their courtesy will spin to maintaining their NOBM Invitation Sevens pretension on Nov 18.

Loosie Jack Nelson-Murray will skip that contest with an ankle twist collected during a weekend while close Sean Skeet is assured he will have recovered from a chest damage by then.

“We have had an overwhelming year and we wish to keep this movement going subsequent year. We know we will have targets on a backs so we will ready accordingly after a bit of rest and distraction over here,” Gowler added.

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