Tough times for Emus

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The disappointed Emus after conceding a try last weekend. Photo: Megan Dunn

Penrith Emus coach Jeremy Paul is remaining positive despite his side’s winless start to the rugby season.

It’s been a rough opening first four rounds for the Emus who have conceded 272 points and scored a competition low 47.

Last Saturday the Emus were left red-faced at home following a 71-0 thrashing at the hands of first-placed Randwick.

Paul said he wasn’t too worried about the blowout scorelines and would instead focus on the positives.

“Those scores would have been 140-0 last year or in previous years… for me, it’s the continual small improvements we are making each week,” he told the Weekender.

“I don’t care about the scores; I wasn’t walking into this blind thinking we could change this overnight.”

Photo: Megan Dunn
Photo: Megan Dunn

Paul believes his side will continue to grow as a group as the season goes on. He said he was very impressed with the way his side were handling the tough defeats.

“I could see the disappointment on their faces – they cared about the results – and that’s a great position to be in,” Paul said.

One game the Emus can look forward to soon is their April 23 match-up against West Harbour. Next Saturday afternoon’s game at Concord Oval will be the first Emus game in years to be televised live on 7TWO.

“The boys are really pumped for that game,” Paul said.

Nathan Taylor

Nathan Taylor is the Western Weekender’s award-winning sports journalist. Nathan is also the Weekender’s Deputy Editor.

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