Hunter hoping better timed run can help Wildfires push deeper into Shute Shield playoffs

Hunter Wildfires coach Scott Coleman is hoping a better timed run towards this year’s finals series will help his side push deeper into the Shute Shield playoffs.  The Wildfires were the form team of the competition in the early rounds of 2023 and qualified for the finals in sixth spot.  But the Newcastle side went into a must win playoff match against minor premiers Norths on the back of four losses from their past five matches and fell short against the eventual grand finalists 23-17.  “We’re taking a different approach to last year. We went hammer and tong from the start and worked really hard in that block before Christmas,” Coleman told Rugby News.  “Because of that, we were a long way ahead of everybody at the start of the season, which we thought was great at the time, but mental and physical burnout really hurt us towards the end of the season.” Heading into the club’s fifth season back in the Shute Shield, Coleman is confident his group can get

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