Wanderers have 'fun'
IT's a tough thing writing a match preview after interviewing Graeme Scott because the Wanderers coach doesn't actually care about winning.
His theory of "rugby ethics" contradicts most of what you see on the sports pages.
He believes teams should just enjoy themselves and not get beat up about the results.
"There's too much pressure on winning – teams no longer have fun," Scott says.
"All anyone cares about is the result. They forget to have fun and be part of that camaraderie."
There's nothing in The Book of Sports Reporting Cliches that addresses a team that just wants to have fun.
I've looked twice.
There's a chapter on camaraderie, but it's always linked to winning.
Coaches usually like to bounce back from losses. They talk about must-win games. They like to gain momentum.
Having fun? Isn't that something kids do?
Not at Wanderers. Scott brought the attitude to the club when he took over last year.
It took a while for the players to warm to the new style.
They weren't used to coaches telling them not to worry so much about winning. But they've started to catch on lately.
"There's a good atmosphere, the boys are still enthusiastic even after a loss," Scott says.
"And that's what we're trying to do. We want to get that team camaraderie. Your club should be like a second
And the wins have come, although not as frequently as a win-oriented coach would like.
"We lack that knockout punch," Scott explains.
"We have good young talent, but we just can't put teams away."
Last week they went down to Port Douglas, but if they keep winning and results fall their way, they could make the finals.
Even Scott admits that would be fun.
Wanderers take on Southside at Vico Oval today at 8.30pm.
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