SOUTHERN Beaches coach Ben Kinkade was encouraged by the first-up effort against Merewether despite a heavy loss to and is adamant the club can rebuild.
Beaches, who lost 12 first grade players from last season and were struggling for numbers, fielded teams in all three grades and went down 87-0 in Premier 1.
"In the space of two days, we signed 20 new players," Kinkade said. "Sam Logan tapped into a few mates who have come down from the country to uni. Al Logan got on the phones and it was a snowball effect. We have 55 registered players now and there are a couple of rough diamonds there."
Beaches have the bye this week before another weekend off due to Easter and Kinkade hopes to sign two second-rowers and two outside backs.
"We are looking overseas, but there is nothing concrete yet," he said. "There was a lot to take out of the Merewether game. Va Talaileva was strong as were Fredi Sioni, Purnell Filipo, Peter Betham and 17-year-old Kye Davis."
* Brady Mather made the most of his late call-up to first grade for University with an eye-catching effort at fullback which included a brilliant solo try. The 18-year-old played half a game in seconds before promoted to the top grade after Adrian Delore rang to say his partner Laura was in labour with son Ollie.
* Fly-half Luke Simmons will miss Wanderers next three games while away with the Australian over-30s touch side at the World Cup in Kuala Lumpur.
* Premiership-winning Hamilton prop Faavae Sila started at tighthead for Warringah in their 35-14 loss to Norths in the Shute Shield season opener.