Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star
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Posted July 05, 2021
The Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star had Thames Valley Rugby Development Officer Scott Day and Brian Gentil checking out the junior rugby finals day in Whangamata last Saturday firstly. Scott said it was a great day with lots of volunteers there early to lend a hand and make sure the event went smoothly.
Brian and Scott then checked out the Secondary Schools First XV semifinals results. Hauraki Plains College had their plan of a ‘threepeat’ with the Coulter Cup spoiled by visitors Mercury Bay Area School, losing 21 - 18 in a closely fought match. The other match was between hosts Whangamata Area School and Waihi, with Whangamata winning 29 - 17. Scott ran through who will play off for the Coulter Cup and Alan Fisher Cup this weekend.
The Thames Valley H G Leach Club Competition is down to the semifinals and in the Senior B Division Scott said it was a high scoring game between Coromandel and Paeroa, with Coromandel winning 55 - 10. Thames beat Hauraki North 42 - 22, Mercury Bay were winners over Waihou by just two points 29 - 27 and Waihi had the home ground advantage beating Cobras 31 - 17.
The Senior A games were played in good conditions as well, with the winners progressing to the playoffs this weekend. Thames were convincing winners over Paeroa 52 - 8, Mercury Bay held Waihi off with a close fought win 27 - 25. Cobras were at home against Hauraki North, running out winners 25 - 17, and also at Boyd Park in Te Aroha Waihi hosted Whangamata, and Scott said Whangamata had a decent lead with 15 minutes to go, only to see it eaten away, finally losing 33 - 31.
The Maori All Blacks made it two from two against Manu Samoa on Saturday night. Playing at Mt Smart Stadium both sides lifted their game from the previous week, with a final score of 38 - 21 in favour of the Maori All Blacks.
The All Blacks took the field for the first of fifteen tests this season, coming up against a Tongan side featuring 13 debutantes. A lot of their players, as well as several from the Samoan side, couldn’t get cleared from quarantine or were stuck in Europe and not able to get back for the game so it was never going to be a true representation of their country. Brian mentioned those that did take the field should hold their heads up high, some even being called in from club rugby. With a final score of 102 nil and sixteen tries to their name, the All Blacks Coach Ian Foster said it was what it was and the itinerary has put Tonga in a compromised position, but they were keen to play and they deserved a lot of credit for that. Scott and Brian agreed, and are looking forward to more good international games with Tonga and Samoa meeting each other while the All Blacks take on Fiji next.
Friday morning at 8.35 am Brian will catch up with Scott again to check out the Secondary Schools finals in Ngatea, the Thames Valley Club Rugby finals in Thames and the international games as well.
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