SBW feeling his way back into rugby

Date published: October 9 2014

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Sonny Bill Williams was content with his first few minutes back in Union after coming off the bench for Counties Manakau’s ITM Cup win.

Sonny Bill Williams was content with his first few minutes back in Union after coming off the bench for Counties Manakau’s ITM Cup win.

The former All Black replaced Bundee Aki in midfield and understandably drew a large crowd after returning from the NRL.

Williams is expected to work his way back into contention for the All Blacks ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup in England.

However the 29-year-old’s immediate priority was to get the feel of the game back on his return from League.

Steelers coach Tana Umaga will have a tough decision to make over the next few days in terms of bringing Williams back into the side, at the expense of a productive centre partnership involving Aki and Crusaders centre Rey Lee-Lo.

“It was just about going on and doing my role and I feel like I did that to the best of my ability,” said Williams.

“It’s about getting the feel for the game. The thing that was pleasing about tonight was that it came instinctively.

“There’s a lot of hard work, but it was a good start.

“When you think of the big picture of what you want to achieve individually, that always takes a back seat to what you’re trying to achieve as a team.

“The boys played really well tonight. I’m just happy we got the win. Hopefully we’ve got one more win this week and we can be in the finals.”

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