2018 Season Preview: Tuggeranong Bushrangers

Having made the top four last season, the Tuggeranong Bushrangers will be aiming to reach the finals once again in 2018.

Where they excel

The Bushrangers boast an impressive forward pack with the likes of Atu Tupou, John Papalii and new addition Noa Vanisi. With arguably the most dominant hooker in the competition Josh Mitchell leading Tuggeranong around the park, the Bushrangers will ask questions of most teams

Room to improve

Six retirements plus the losses of Isi Afemui and Mike Uluakiola leave the club very light in regards to depth. With only four additions to the First Grade squad so far, it remains to be seen how the Bushrangers will fare when and if injuries strike. The loss of John Wesley Tauti to an ACL injury is another significant blow but is somewhat softened by the addition of former NSW Cup player, Nathan Smith.

Coach’s comments

“We’ve had a big turnover so obviously that’s changed things a lot. I would have liked to have a few more of the guys we had last year back but due to unforeseen circumstances, we’ve had to do without them. The expectations of myself and the club are still pretty high. We’d like to be there or thereabouts around the semis.” – Justin Giteau

The rookie

“I think Liam Oakley has a big future. He has the potential there, I think he just needs to realise the talent that he has. Coming from the U18’s last year, he has to be willing to play tougher footy and play longer minutes. If he can do that, I think he’ll be one of our better players.”- Justin Giteau

Gains and Losses

Gains:

David Faaeteete
Francis Toetu
Noa Vanisi
Nathan Smith

Losses:

Brett Solomon (retired)
Mike Uluakiola
Jordan Hammond (retired)
Matt Holmes (retired)
Dane Ewings (retired)
Brent Wallace (retired)
Quinlyn Cannon
Brendan Brophy (retired)
Isi Afemui

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