Kane Douglas (number 4) tackles the Reds.
Kane Douglas (number 4) tackles the Reds.

Yamba lock holds key to S14 start

YAMBA tall timber Kane Douglas refuses to speculate about his chances of earning a start in NSW’s opening Super 14 match of 2010 despite the lock’s starring role in the Lismore trial against Queensland last weekend.

The 201cm Waratah grabbed his opportunity in a pack missing national guns Al Baxter and Phil Waugh.

Despite the 26-24 loss, NSW coach Chris Hickey tossed up Douglas’ name as a bolter for a starting spot when the season proper kicks off next month.

Fellow boom rookie Locky McCaffrey has also been mooted as a long-term successor to Dean Mumm and Wycliff Palu in the Waratahs engine room.

“We see them (Douglas and McCaffrey) in both our short and long-term plans,” Hickey told the media.

“You don’t just turn up at 19 years of age and expect to play Super 14, and both the boys know that. But we’re managing their development, and they know there are clear pathways here at the Waratahs.”

Not that Douglas is rating his chances of earning a Super 14 debut just yet.

“I have just got to perform to be able to do that,” the 20-year-old said.

“I’m just going to do my job and do what I did last game.”

The Waratahs meet Fiji in their second pre-season trial this weekend.

Admitting he ‘was blowing out there’, Douglas said he will be better for the 70-minute run against the Reds.

“It was pretty fast. I was just getting back into it,” he said.

“I got a feel for the next couple of games.”

“I’m just going to do my job and do what I did last game.”



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