HAMILTON boss and former All Black Marty Berry is still trying to get his head around the player points system in operation in premier rugby.
Introduced in 2015, the PPS is aimed at reducing the number of overseas imports and player movement. Players that change clubs are worth four points and new players three.
The top five clubs from last season have a cap of 16. The bottom four have 24 points.
"I have coached in nine countries around the world and have never struck anything like this before," Berry said. "I have to rely on my manager to help me out. It is quite stressful."
The Hawks' 41-35 win over Maitland was the start of a big weekend for Berry. He and wife, Andrea, flew to Melbourne Sunday morning to watch his son Rocco make his NRL debut for the Warriors against the Storm.
** Hunter will have sides in the under-14s, 16s and 18s girls divisions at the country championships in Kiama this weekend. It is the first time Hunter have an under-14s side, which is coached by former Ireland under-21 and Merewether prop Steve Barretto.
Pool games are on Saturday with the finals Sunday.
** Sapati Peniata has played his last game for University - at least for now. Peniata played off the bench in the 29-5 loss to Nelson Bay despite having a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. He told teammates after the game that he would be undergoing reconstructive surgery.
** Nelson Bay hooker Ross Buchan will miss six games after he was found guilty of stamping by the judiciary on Wednesday night. Buchan was sent off after rucking Uni lock Joe Kingham.
** Former Test cricketer and current international umpire Paul Wilson is the special guest at the Hawthorne Club luncheon at Merewether Surf House on Friday, May 14.
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