Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star
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Posted July 12, 2021
The Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star started with a look at the results of the Thames Valley Secondary Schools Finals Day at Hugh Haywood Domain in Ngatea.
Scott Day, Rugby Development Officer with Thames Valley RFU, ran through the winners of the Youth Plate Final, the First XV Plate Final, the Youth Grade Cup Final, the Future First XV Final and the Coulter Cup Provincial Challenge Shield Final. He congratulated the winning sides and said it was a great day with plenty of good rugby for the spectators to enjoy.
Brian and Scott checked out the H G Leach Club Rugby semifinal games next. The Senior B’s saw Thames winners over Mercury Bay 44 - 0, a nil scoreline surprising Scott. Cobras won by default over Paeroa. Waihou were winners at home 38 - 18 against Hauraki North and Coromandel took advantage of their home ground advantage beating Waihi Athletic 21 - 10.
In the Senior A semifinals both Paeroa and Waihi Athletic defaulted, meaning Whangamata and Hauraki North took the points. Thames were too strong for visitors Waihou on Saturday winning 29 - 18, while Mercury Bay won at home against Cobras 26 - 12. Thames will now take on Mercury Bay for the McGlinchy Cup while Whangamata automatically is awarded the Plate Cup after the other sides defaulted.
Brian and Scott looked at Samoa’s game against Tonga, which Samoa won 42 - 13 at Mt Smart Stadium.
The All Blacks game against Fiji was next under the spotlight, with Brian mentioning Fiji had the upper hand for parts of the game in Dunedin, and while the score ended at 57 - 23 it was a lot closer that that during a lot of the game with just 8 points between the sides at one stage in the second half. Scott said the Fijian side showed they were a force to be reckoned with with some very hard tackling and their ‘give it your all’ attitude came through again and again, especially at the breakdown.
Scott is so looking forward to the return test this Saturday in Hamilton.
And Scott and Brian ended with a look at the British and Irish Lions game against South Africa’s Sharks side in Pretoria. The score was 26 all at half time, while the final result, after a 16 try spectacle, saw the visitors win comfortably 71 - 31. That’s the third game of their tour and the third highest score ever by a British and Irish Lions side.
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