Gold FM Ruby Report with Harcourts Gold Star
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Posted November 20, 2020
The Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star on Friday started with Brian Gentil asking Thames Valley Rugby Football Union’s Marcus Howie about the big day in Te Aroha tomorrow. Marcus explained it was the Provincial Club 7’s Tournament with teams coming from near and far, 14 all together. Boyd Park is the venue, and Marcus said the Thames Valley Vixen’s 7’s take the field at 9.30 am against Waitete, kicking the day off. Get along for some great rugby action right across the day. With the finals at 4 pm it should finish around 4.30 pm and entry is free.
Brian and Marcus then focused on the semi-final round of the National Provincial Cup Competition with eight hopeful sides looking for those four finals spots next weekend.
Otago play Northland with Marcus backing the Southerners while Brian is on the side of the Taniwha’s from up north. Auckland will be too strong for Waikato Marcus says, so Brian immediately backed the boys from just over the way, even if they have to travel to Auckland for their game. Both Brian and Marcus agree Hawkes Bay should be too strong at home against Taranaki, but will they be right? And Tasman has Marcus’s vote for a win, by seven like all his other picks, over Bay of Plenty, who finished just two points behind the Makos, and Brian is backing them as they’re our other neighbours (and from the North Island he said).
The Black Ferns will feature a couple of debutants this weekend when they play the Barbarians, and Marcus says it’s a good opportunity as they look at the players and combinations heading towards the World Cup next year.
Marcus thinks the Tri Nations game between Australia and Argentina could go either way. It will depend on who gets their game right on the night he said. If the Pumas play like they did last week then the Australian side will need to combat that and come up with some good attacking options if they don’t want to end up like the All Blacks last week. And Brian thinks Dave Rennie, the Kiwi Australian coach, could be the man to come up with that mix. The outcome could affect the outcome of the Tri Nations with New Zealand back on the field next weekend, looking for a win in their last international this year.
The Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star, in Thames, Paeroa, Waihi and Waihi Beach.
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