SCG officials are confident the Roosters’ opening round NRL clash with the Rabbitohs won’t be a repeat of the shocking pitch conditions which headlined a Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Reds last week.
About 3000 sqm of turf had to be replaced after sections of the SCG were severely chopped up by the scrums between the two rugby sides. Ground staff were even forced to use shovels and rakes during the match to patch up the shredded playing surface.
An SCG spokesman said replacement of the turf was completed by a team of 20 people on Tuesday afternoon and an NRL inspection conducted shortly after raised no concerns about the playing surface.
“The compromised turf was milled on Monday and came from rye-dominated areas with poor root structure,” the spokesman said.
“The new turf is Matrix Ready to Play and comes in one-tonne rolls and is grown at our turf farm near Windsor.
The chopped up turf at the SCG on Saturday night. Picture: AAP Image/Craig Golding ONLY
“It is called Ready to Play because it is ready to play one day after installation.”
Graham Annesley head of football operations together with Nathan McGuirk and Roosters and Souths Representatives inspect the Sydney Cricket Ground after the Waratahs game. Picture: Brett Costello
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