Sattler relishes a run
SCOTT Sattler had a bit of a chuckle and said rugby league was never an easy game as he left the field after playing for South Tweed Koalas in the Bycroft Cup yesterday.
Former Penrith Panther, Sattler, 38, played about 60 minutes for the Koalas, who were beaten 48-22 by the Parkwood Sharks.
It was Sattler’s first competition match since leaving the Wests Tigers five seasons back.
Sattler has been a good mate of Koalas’ captain-coach Dean Allen since they played for Gold Coast Seagulls back in the mid-1990s and now plays with South Tweed when time allows from his work with FOX Sports.
“I live locally and I like to have a bit of a run but also get into a bit of training so I am happy to help Dean and the club,” Sattler said.
“I pulled up okay after the run which was mainly a bit of fun and I enjoyed myself.
“I tried to create opportunities out wide but Parkwood were really enthusiastic and it’s always difficult to beat a side when they are enthusiastic.
“I never had any high expectations of myself because it was just a matter of getting out there and getting the ball in your hands and seeing how you feel.”
Sattler has work commitments next weekend but coach Allen was pleased with his performance, saying the former NRL star was valuable both on and off the field for his club.
Sharks centre Kenny Edwards ran around to score closer to the posts after just five minutes and then fullback Tim Matenga had no trouble with the conversion.
Hooker Aleki Maea stood in a tackle and off-loaded to five-eighth Dennis McMahon who fired a pass which Edwards juggled before dragging the ball to his chest.
Then four minutes later, lock Herman Guttenbiel refused to be grounded as he started a backline movement which resulted in centre Hirini Robin scoring out wide.
The Sharks were made to work hard for their 20-16 halftime lead but they came back in the second stanza to score five tries to one to win 48-22.