Roger Coombs has warned there is still a lot more to come from Diss Rugby Club’s newest recruit Kamipeli Latu following his promising debut.
The powerful forward arrived from New Zeland at the end of last week and will be aiming to help Diss achieve promotion from London Two North East with Coombs confirming he will remain at the club until the end of the current campaign.
And having had a brief glimpse of his latest addition in the second-half of the hard-fought 3-3 draw with neighbours and title-rivals Norwich in Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash, the club’s head coach has backed Latu to keep on improving and add something to his squad having been initially impressed.
“I thought he looked very promising,” he said. “We had a look at him to see what he is like and I’m sure once he gets used to us there will be a lot more to come from him.
“He came at the end of last week and he will be with us until the end of the season which is great.
“We’ve only seen him for a half in the game but he looked a very good ball carrier, particularly with one really strong run which he was unlucky not to score with.
“On first indications he looks a very good tackler and ball carrier so I would like to find a place for him but he is going to have to work very hard to get into the team, especially if he going to play in the front row because we have some very good players.
“I don’t think he was too used to the poor weather and he looked a little tired by the end of the match.
“However, once he gets up to full match fitness and used to the club I’m sure he will keep on improving because he looked very promising”.
Latu could be in contention to make his first full start for a club as they make the trip to Essex to face seventh-placed Rochford Hundred tomorrow (2.15pm).
Saturday’s draw maintained Diss’ unbeaten start to the new campaign, keeping the table-toppers three points clear of their nearest rivals with Coombs keen to carry on building on their recent momentum.
“We are still unbeaten, still top of the league and so there is plenty to build on,” he added. “Rochford Hundred is a difficult place to go but we have the players and character capable of winning.”