Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star
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Posted June 14, 2021
The Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star on Monday started with Brian Gentil asking Scott Day, the Rugby Development Officer with Thames Valley RFU, how he was feeling after two and a bit weeks away from the field with the HIA stand down period almost behind him. Scott said it was probably the hardest three weeks of his playing career and while he has some fitness work to do to catch up he’s aching to be back on the field this weekend.
Brian and Scott talked about how the First XV games panned out, with Paeroa College too strong in the ‘battle of the gorge’, as Scott called it, beating Waihi College 35 - 12. It’s been a good season so far for Paeroa and they seem to be the benchmark for the other sides. The other game was an upset Scott said, with Hauraki Plains losing against Mercury Bay Area School 20 - 15.
The H G Leach Club Rugby Competition results were next, starting with the Senior B’s. Coromandel had a good win over neighbours Mercury Bay 21 - 5 and Thames beat Paeroa 28 - 5 in Paeroa. The Cobras notched up 51 points in their win over Hauraki North who scored 17, and Waihau claimed the victory against Ngatea in the other match by 6 points, 18 - 12.
The Senior A Competition had some great games including a draw for Scott and Brian to talk about. Thames beat Paeroa 24 - 11, Cobras and Waihau played out a close game at Boyd Park in front a big crowd with a 1 point win to Cobras 19 - 18. Waihi beat Whangamata on Saturday 24 - 12 and Hauraki North and Mercury Bay battled out a 9 all draw with three penalties apiece Scott said.
The Super Rugby Trans Tasman Competition had its fifth and final round before the final this coming Saturday. A lot depended on who beat who and by what as to who would be talking the field for the final.
On Friday night the Hurricanes were too good for the Queensland Reds winning 43 - 14 in Wellington. The late game on Friday night saw the home side ACT Brumbies go down 33 - 12 against the Highlanders.
Then on Saturday the first game between the Rebels and Crusaders was a do or die effort for the New Zealand side, needing to win by 32 points or more to get into the final. While they scored 52 points it wasn’t enough with the Rebels 26 meaning they missed out.
The Blues then only needed to win and Scott said they did a great job in their game against the Force, coming out with a 31 - 21 win and a place in the final, at home at Eden Park against the Highlanders this Saturday.
The other game was between the Waratahs and the Chiefs, with the Chiefs winger Sean Wainui doing what no other Super Rugby player has ever done before, scoring five tries in their 40 - 7 season ending win.
Brian wrapped up asking Scott when the Heartland Competition returns this year. Scott said it’s set for a start on Saturday 21 August. He mentioned they have a preseason warm up match against New Zealand Universities on Saturday August 14 at Boyd Park.
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