44-0 win but Naseri sees room for improvement

May 25, 2022

Jaida Faleono, 15, is emerging as a future star of women's rugby. Picture: Brendan Hertel/QRU

Fixture postponements, training cancellations and midweek matches - the weather has been wreaking havoc on Queensland Premier Rugby.

For Bull Sharks women’s coach Setu Naseri it has been a logistical nightmare.

Naseri had to pull together a side at short notice on Tuesday for a strike mission up the M1 to Hugh Courtney Oval where the Bull Sharks pulled off a 44-0 victory over Norths.

The game was postponed on Saturday due to the weather, with the decision made that the oval would only host the First Grade and Colts.

Although the scoreboard suggests a comprehensive victory for the women, Naseri said his side could have adapted better to the heavy conditions and he saw some areas around compliance to team structures that needed to be addressed.

“We probably didn’t play the game how we had planned,’’ he said.

“But it is always a positive when you come away from a game knowing you still have plenty to work on and have still played well.

“To North’s credit they threw a couple of things at us we weren’t expecting.

“They were good at disrupting our structures and because it was a pretty rushed fixture, we had some late withdrawals, so you are going to be a bit clunky.’’

In between unpacking the victory over Norths and devising a game plan for the tough battle against Souths at the weekend, Naseri and the Bond Rugby department have been busy trying to source a dry ground for a low-key training session on Thursday night.

 “In a nutshell, there’s never been a season like this, it is crazy,’’ he said.

“We haven’t had a lot of time on field in terms of training, but the beauty of working in the female space is you are dealing with players who play a lot of sport anyway.

“Some of them have three or four commitments on the go, and we have players on different representative pathways, we have girls involved in school sports and some are even playing other codes as well.

“It is a logistical nightmare for a coach, but they love their sport and they are always up for the rugby, so it is just a matter of juggling their workloads.’’

A key example of this is Jaida Faleono who was a standout in the wet against Norths.

She plays representative rugby league and is also in Queensland Rugby’s Emerging Reds Under 16s side.

The 15-year-old joined the Bull Sharks this off-season from the Renegades and Naseri said he saw enough in the offseason to throw her into the side for the season opener against Sunnybank.

“We tested her out against Sunnybank and she came out and showed she was at the level,’’ he said.

“She’s played every week since that she has been available.

“She’s a very talented young lady.’’