Gladstone Goats Ropiha Nohatina in the under 13 game against the Rockhampton Brothers.
Gladstone Goats Ropiha Nohatina in the under 13 game against the Rockhampton Brothers.

Goats romp to big win, All Blacks supporter regrets nothing

ALL Black supporter and under-13 Gladstone Rugby Football Club Goats player Ropiha Nohatima has made a smooth transition into the sport.

Shortly after walking off the Meteors Rugby Union ground a winner, the youngster said he was pleased with his efforts.

"I went alright today. It was good to get my mates to pull me in to play," Ropiha said about what made him join the club. "I only started this year after all the boys told me to come down and play."

And play he did as his team romped to a 62-10 win against Rockhampton Brothers. When asked what he liked about union and why he chose to play, the young Kiwi said it's the body contact that gets him pumped.

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"It's a more physical sport and I'm better at union than I am at league," Ropiha added.

The young Goats player moved to Gladstone with his family two years ago and he said the town had presented him and his parents with good opportunities.

Ropiha's Goats side take on the powerful Frenchville team at 2.30pm this Saturday in an away game before finals the week after on Saturday, November 14 at Emmaus College.

 

YOUNG GUN

Age: 13

School: Toolooa HS

Position: Scrum half and centre or wing

Birthplace: Whakatane, NZ, on the North Island

Heroes: Dan Carter and Richard McCaw

Aims: making the NZ World Cup team