Tasitumua to lead the Bullettes

Tasitumua, better known as TJ, pictured here playing for the Tumut Bulls, will be the coach of the Tumut Bullettes in 2020.

The Bullettes will have a new face leading them in 2020, with Tasitumua, better known as TJ, taking over the coaching reigns from Lorraine Ngauma.

Ngauma, who led the Bullettes to a strong finish in 2019, finishing third overall, before getting knocked out in the semi finals, will still be heavily involved with the Bullettes, but will be leading by example on the field.

TJ on the other hand, will be helping his pregnant wife, Sara Sala, from the sideline, hoping to offer some wisdom and advice to a young squad.

“The main reason I got involved was to try and lighten the load for Lors (Lorraine Ngauma) and Sara,” TJ said. 

“Prior to all this, it was mutually agreed by the three of us that I’d try and help out this way.

“We’re expecting a baby thank God! And I don’t think the girls would want a grumpy pregnant lady yelling at them the whole season, as for Lors she would be able to focus solely on playing.”

The Gundagai-based coach admitted he was already working with a strong side but will be hoping to lift the Bullettes to premiership glory in the women 10s Southern Inland Rugby Union competition.

“The women’s side has grown heaps over the past seasons, so if anything, I will just try and build on their strengths as well as some structure,” TJ said.

“Structure for us would be a handy weapon to have, along with a shared work load across the park, support for the girls in all areas, and direction.

“If we can nail that, it’ll make the girls footy more enjoyable and hopefully more successful.”

The 28-year-old has an impressive rugby resume and excited rugby fans with small stints with the club in 2015 and 2016.

The Bulls club, including former president and current second grade coach, Will Reynolds, will be looking forward to his impact on a young and ever-improving Bullettes.

“As a player, we actually never saw his full potential, but everyone knows his playing resume and the quality and class of football he played before arriving in Tumut,” Reynolds said.

“What he will bring is respect and experience. When he speaks, he has that awe and everyone listens and takes it in.”

Reynolds also believes TJ will offer the Bullettes and individual players some timely direction, which could help the Bullettes to higher honours in 2020.

“TJ will give them that direction they need; it will be up to whether the players take it on board, but if they do, it could be a very good team,” Reynolds said.