Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star
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Posted November 02, 2020
On the Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star on Monday morning there were a ton of results to cover, which Thames Valley Rugby Development Officer Marcus Howie had under control when he rang in. The Thames Valley Under 23’s had a good runout with Waikato Under 20’s in Thames on Saturday, playing a hard game that had their coach pleased with their progress. While it wasn’t a win for the side, they kept Waikato to 7 all at half time and managed to weather a fierce storm in the second half.
Brian asked Marcus about his refereeing prowess as he’s taken charge of several games this season. Marcus said he is picking up on more games as he sees reffing as a move in the right direction to give something back to the game after being a player for so long … and one that liked to have a few words with the ref from time to time, in his role as captain.
The Farah Palmer Cup final was played on the weekend and a tough game it was for both sides. Canterbury took the title for the fourth time, beating Waikato on the final whistle with a push over try, the final score 8 - 7. Canterbury and Black Fern Kendra Cocksedge said it would have to be one of the toughest games she has played in, and that includes World Cup games!
Brian and Marcus then went through the results of the National Provincial Competition games starting with another loss for Canterbury, going down last Friday night 23 - 16 against neighbours Otago. Other results included Auckland winning convincingly over Waikato at Eden Park 31 - 10, visitors Tasman were too strong for home side Wellington with a comfortable 19 - 3 score, and Bay of Plenty surprised Hawkes Bay in Tauranga winning 22 - 17. Luckily for Hawkes Bay the Ranfurly Shield was not up for grabs being an away game for them.
And then it was a brief comment on the Six Nations and that England had won it after their win over Italy this weekend. Marcus was straight to the point saying he didn’t really like England to win anything, but congratulations should be shared.
Finally Brian and Marcus focused on the Bledisloe Cup / Tri Nations match between Austrralia, at home in Sydney, and the All blacks. A game that really excited viewers right to the last whistle, which the AB’s took to Australia early on, scoring a god lead that they never let slip. The half time score was 26 - 0, and while Australia came back in the second half they never really look like taking the match, with a final score of 43 - 5. That’s the eighteenth straight year the Bledisloe Cup has been safely stored in the prize cabinet this side of the Tasman.
The Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star, in Thames, Paeroa, Waihi and Waihi Beach.
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