Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star
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Posted November 16, 2020
On the Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star Brian Gentil and Marcus Howie, the Thames Valley Rugby Football Union Rugby Development Officer, started with the Thames Valley Rugby 7’s Competition that was held in Waihi last Saturday. Marcus ran through how the day went and the winners, with Hauraki North beating Waihou in the Plate Final, and Mercury Bay too strong for Cobras in the Cup Final, taking out the title this year.
Marcus also said the Thames Valley Vixens 7’s side had a great tournament in Tauranga over the weekend too, with some good games and the team gelling well, which is looking good for next season.
Then it was on to the results of the last round robin weekend for the National Provincial Cup, with some upsets included.
Northland turned it on to beat the top of the table Waikato side in Kaikahe 28 - 17, dropping Waikato down to 4th from top spot in the play-offs. Tasman were too strong for Otago in Dunedin winning 26 - 20. And Canterbury came from behind to win by one against Auckland 34 - 33, taking them away from any relegation worries. Hawkes Bay continued on their winning way as well with the same score, in their game against Taranaki 34 - 33.
The playoffs are next weekend starting on Friday night when Otago take on Northland. The first of three games on Saturday matches up Auckland and Waikato, followed by a rematch of last weekend’s game between Taranaki and Hawkes Bay, with the last game between Tasman and Bay of Plenty to see which teams progress to the finals.
Brian and Marcus ended with a few comments on the All Blacks loss, their first ever, to Argentina 25 - 15. Both agreed Argentina deserved the win, and Marcus couldn’t understand why the AB’s didn’t come out with a Plan B, which all teams should have. From a rugby players perspective he says this is mandatory and should have happened. And the lack of discipline stood out with the All Blacks making some silly mistakes that cost them.
This weekend sees Australia play Argentina in the Tri Nations which will move the teams around on the table, with the All Blacks hoping Australia beats Argentina to ‘level the playing field a little’.
The Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star, in Thames, Paeroa, Waihi and Waihi Beach.