Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star
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Posted November 23, 2020
On the Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star Brian Gentil spoke with Marcus Howie, the Thames Valley RFU Rugby Development Officer.
They had a busy Saturday with the Thames Valley Provincial Club 7’s Tournament at Boyd Park in Te Aroha. Teams from as far away as Manawatu and the Auckland district were competing against local sides who Marcus said did very well. He ran through the different division winners, and Brian asked him about the Thames Valley Vixen 7’s too, as they had several games on Saturday and played well against a top side, Waitete.
The focus then went on the semifinals of the National Provincial Cup with positions up for grabs in the finals this coming weekend up fro grabs.
Last Friday night’s game saw the visitors from Northland take the spoils when they played Otago, winning 32 - 19. And there were three games on Saturday, Auckland proved too strong for Waikato winning 23 - 18, a game Marcus picked Auckland to win by 7, so he wasn’t far off.
Both Brian and Marcus picked Hawkes Bay to beat Taranaki, but neither though the score would be anywhere near what it turned out to be. The Magpies scored 59 points to Taranaki’s 23, with their captain Ash Dixon scoring a hat trick.
Tasman were the other winning team beating Bay of Plenty 19 - 10 in their game on Saturday night.
The finals happen this weekend. On Friday night Hawkes Bay take on Northland at home, and on Saturday night Auckland have the home ground advantage against visitors Tasman.
The Tri Nations Cup game between Australia and Argentina ended in a 15 all draw, and Marcus said it was a great game, and sets the business end of the competition alight with the trophy open for any side to win. The All Blacks take on the Pumas this weekend, and then Australia and Argentina play the following weekend in the final game.
Brian also asked Marcus what he thought of the Black Ferns close win against the Barbarians over the weekend, after the Baa Baas went down 34 - 15 last weekend they surprised a few losing by just the two points 19 - 17 this time around. Marcus said he thought the Black Ferns would run away with it but the Baa baas came out and stuck close to their opposition, and it was a good result for them.
The Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star, in Thames, Paeroa, Waihi and Waihi Beach.
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