Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star
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Posted November 30, 2020
The Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star was all about finals and results when it came to the National Provincial Competition. Marcus Howie, the Thames Valley RFU Rugby Development Officer spoke with Brian Gentil on Monday morning and he was smiling from ear to ear after picking all the winning sides over the weekend.
Friday night Hawkes Bay had the home ground advantage at McLean Park in Napier where visitors Northland played a hard 80 minutes but just couldn’t contain a side that had already secured the Ranfurly Shield for the season, the Taniwhas going down 36 - 24 after a very tough game.
On Saturday night Auckland’s home ground advantage against Tasman wasn’t quite enough, with the Makos winning by just a point, 13 - 12, with a game Marcus said was what rugby is all about. It was hard, close and a real battle between two sides that didn’t give an inch.
Marcus explained there may be a new format next year so whether there will be any relegation or promotion we’ll have to wait and see. It may be a case of a North and South series next year, with teams like Taranaki, Hawkes Bay and Wellington joining the South section, while the rest play each other in the North section, followed by playoffs etc. Nothing official has been said yet so we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
Then Marcus and Brian concentrated on the All Blacks Tri Nations game against Argentina, their final game of the season. And Marcus said it was a complete performance, from the laying down of the number 10 All Black jersey with Maradona on the back as a mark of respect at the passing of Diego Maridona, the Argentinian football magician last week, through the haka to the game itself.
Marcus was impressed with the way the All Blacks performed both on the ball and off. Last time the two sides met some of the niggles got a bit too much attention from the AB’s and it showed in their first ever loss to the Pumas, but not this week. The 38 - 0 score line was a great result for the side, Ian Foster and the rest of the coaching staff who had been under pressure after two losses in a row. And Sam Cane was right on form Brian said, with Marcus saying he and the whole team performed how the side should, and came away with the win deservedly.
Brian asked Marcus to explain how the Tri Nations Cup is sitting. He said the All Black’s are 90% of the way there with Australia needing to win by 90 or so points against Argentina, and the Pumas needing a 70 plus win over Australia next weekend, both scenarios being highly unlikely.
Brian also mentioned Welsh referee Nigel Owens controlling his 100th test match, between France and Italy in the Autumn Nations Cup, 18 years after reffing his first test.
Last word went to Marcus, an avid cricket fan, with a good win to the Black Caps in Mt Maunganui yesterday against the West Indies in their T20 game. that’s two from two with another game tonight, again at Bay Oval.
The Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star, in Thames, Paeroa, Waihi and Waihi Beach.
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