Robertson safe despite Tasman loss

Date published: October 20 2014

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Canterbury coach Scott Robertson’s job is not on the line despite a review into the reasons why they lost in the ITM Cup semi-finals.

Canterbury coach Scott Robertson’s job is not on the line despite a review into the reasons why they lost in the ITM Cup semi-finals.

Defeat to Tasman Makos put an end to six straight ITM titles for the team based in Christchurch, and comes after a season where Canterbury struggled following a strong start to their season.

Chief Executive Hamish Riach admits it was a disappointing end to the campaign, however he was very clear that the review would not be looking at the positions of Robertson and his coaching staff.

”Of course, it’s immensely disappointing,” Riach told Stuff.co.nz.

”We simply weren’t good enough at the weekend; we were well beaten. It’s just a very disappointing way to finish a campaign which started so positively and brightly.

”This week [finals week] isn’t what we hoped for at all.’

”If that’s a definition of failure, then so be it. But the word I prefer is ‘disappointing’.

”It’s not the end of the world but it is disappointing.

”We know the whole coaching group are good coaches because they were successful last year.

”That won’t be the focus of this [review] at all.

”We are focused on trying to put some learning into place.”

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