Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star
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Posted June 08, 2021
The Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star on Tuesday morning had Scott Day from the Thames Valley Rugby Football Union covering everything from First XV school games to the Super Rugby Trans Tasman games.
Scott started with the Waihi College home game against Hauraki Plains which was played in wet conditoins on Saturday. The visitors came out on top with a 31 - 15 win. The other game was for the First Round Cup between Paeroa College and Whangamata Area School. Scott said it was a hard fought battle with just three points between the two sides a the end of the game. The final score was 20 - 17 in Paeroa’s favour.
Brian said there was no play in the H G Leach Club Competition for the Senior A’s, and plenty of action with the Senior B’s having a full round on Saturday. Scott and Brian ran through the results from a wet afternoon’s rugby.
The Trans Tasman Super Rugby was next with another round of games that didn’t disappoint.
The Crusaders beat the Western Force 29-21 in the opening match of the round but let in a try after the hooter from the visitors that also cost them a bonus point. Scott thought the Force played a good game.
The Blues played well against the Queensland Reds in Brisbane winning 31-24 Scott said, but like the Crusaders they failed to secure a bonus point. They still stayed top of the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman standings though.
Brian mentioned how a few weeks ago the Chiefs Damian McKenzie won several games at the last minute with his kicking, and then missed one or two crucial shots in their last games. The same happened with Jordie Barrett missing two late penalties against the ACT Brumbies, which were the difference. The Brumbies held on for the win 12 - 10. Scott said he was surprised that as a starting All Black Jordie wasn’t successful considering his range.
The Highlanders hosted the New South Wales Waratahs, and both Scott and Brian were impressed with the 59 - 23 scoreline. They are now level with the Crusaders on points and just one adrift of leaders the Blues.
And the Chiefs game was firstly moved from Saturday to Sunday in Hamilton, and then shifted to Sydney with the Melbourne Covid-19 restrictions meaning there was uncertainty as to whether the Rebels would be able to cross the Tasman. The final score was 36 - 26 to the Chiefs, and Scott noted there was no bonus point again this week so their chances of making the finals have faded even more.
It’s the final week of round robin games this coming weekend which will determine who makes the final the following weekend.
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