Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star
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Posted October 16, 2020
Marcus Howie, the Rugby Development Officer with Thames Valley RFU, started the Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star talking with Brian Gentil about a couple of local representative sides with games this weekend. The Thames Valley Under 23’s have a game against Taranaki in Te Kuiti while there’s a tournament on for the Thames Valley Under 16 team, who get to play about 5 games of 10 minute halves in their Chiefs Day Tournament. All the best to both teams.
The Provincial Cup matches came under a bit of scrutiny with Marcus picking his way through some great lineups. The Ranfurly Shield is up for grabs again. Currently it’s in Hawkes Bay after they beat Otago a couple of weeks ago, who beat Taranaki before that to hold it for a week, who beat Canterbury the week before that back on the 19th of September. This weekend it’s Northland visiting and the Taniwhas are having a great season with 4 wins from 5 starts.
Other games include Auckland and Tasman, Otago taking on Counties Manukau and Auckland and Tasman will battle it out at Eden Park. Brian and Marcus chose opposing sides with the Canterbury Waikato game, Marcus sticking with the southerners while Brian is hoping the locals will come home with the spoils, or at least the points and a bonus point would be nice too he said.
Marcus had a few thoughts about the All Blacks Bledisloe Cup match against Australia on Sunday, with George Bridge out with a pectoral injury that could see him sidelined for 6 months. There’s definitely an air of expectation going into this weekend’s game after last week’s draw.
And they also talked about the Championship Competition which looks likely to be run without South Africa, with an official announcement expected from SANZAAR today, Friday.
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