Van Klaveren wants to keep good form going
SUNSHINE Coast Falcons fullback Kyle Van Klaveren wants to carry his Caloundra RSL Cup form over to the Intrust Super Cup after bagging four tries for Caloundra last week.
Van Klaveren was a standout for the Sharks in their 64-6 annihilation of Noosa, prompting Falcons coach Ivan Henjak to name him at fullback for this weekend's round five match against the Ipswich Jets.
Henjak also named four Melbourne Storm under-20 players in a sign that relations between the clubs have strengthened after the franchise lent the Coast club three recruits last week.
Henjak said Van Klaveren was unlucky to miss last week's 38-0 loss to Norths, their fourth of the season.
"We got those Melbourne guys late in the week and I had to make a decision on some positions," he said.
"We were supposed to get four backs and one of those guys pulled out and if I had known that earlier, Kyle probably wouldn't have lost his spot."
Van Klaveren played three matches for the Coast at the back end of 2012 before featuring in most of last year's matches.
Henjak said Van Klaveren was just one of many players who needed to develop.
"Every player is looking for improvement and Kyle is no different," he said.
"He's steadily improving and is really keen to fix up the deficiencies in his game and he did that the week before against Easts.
"He was slowly making some progress and from all accounts he went pretty well for Caloundra," Henjak said.
The Falcons defence has been ordinary this season with the side leaking an average of more than 40 points per game, the worst in the league.
They have also struggled in attack, posting just 20 points in their first four matches.
"The big thing for us is that we are not giving ourselves a chance to compete well because of our error rate and our one-on-one missed tackles," Henjak said.
"That's our focus and it probably will be for a while."
Things won't get any easier for the Falcons as they look to claim their first win for the year against an Ipswich side which has won two from four.
Falcons; K Van Klaveren, E Tusa, R Klein, M Ruua, M Fesolai, C Klein, A Te Roi, J Filipo, J Lobwein, R Hansen, J Nahu-Main, J Samoa, T Skyring, L Blumke, R Baillie, S Broomhall, J Leavai.
SUNSHINE COAST v IPSWICH
Tomorrow, Ipswich, 3pm