Moore Park Neighbours, The Sydney Roosters and The Waratahs hit it out in a light training session today which saw the NRL Premiers and high-flying Super Rugby franchise play some touch footy and go through some strenuous fitness drills.
Sydney Roosters Coach Trent Robinson said the training session came about from a coffee with Waratahs coach Michael Cheika.
The coaches knew each other from their early days in France in their respective codes.
Both Coaches said the games became very competitive and said it was all about learning some new skills from the different codes.
“We were both having a coffee and realised we both had a bye and trained together on the same field at the same time”
Chieka said that he wanted his players to work hard and wrestle it out against a different opponent, that being rugby league players in the Roosters.
“The Roosters are the Premiers and it’s always great to train with the best”
Chieka said that it was all fun meeting the Roosters and when asked if he had an eye on any Roosters players he gave what was hopefully a tongue in cheek response.
“Yeh I did, but it’s probably not good for me to say it in front of Trent here. I’ll wait until the next recruitment season.”
Robinson himself was impressed particularly by the size of some of the boys.
“I thought we had some big boys, but looking at them towering over guys like Willis (Meehan) and Kane (Evans) it’s pretty daunting.”
The two sides both have the bye this week with the Roosters next game coming against their Grand Final Opponents from last year the Sea Eagles next Friday night with the 2nd placed Waratahs next game being a very important one coming up against the 4th placed Brumbies on the 28th of June.