Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star
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Posted July 19, 2021
The Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star saw Scott Day, the Rugby Development Officer with the Thames Valley RFU, join Brian Gentil in the Gold FM studio to run through the results of some great games across the weekend with the club rugby finals being played, along with the All Blacks and other games.
Brian and Scott talked about the announcement of the Thames Valley Emerging Players squad, formerly the Development Team, who will be getting together for training this week for some games coming up soon.
The focus then went on the H G Leach Club Rugby Competition Finals last weekend with some very tight games.
Scott covered the Senior B Plate Cup Final firstly, with Cobras coming out victorious over Waihou in Thames on Saturday 27 - 15 in wet and windy conditions to take out the MacDonald Cup.
Scott said the conditions didn’t get any better for the Lawrence Memorial Cup Final either, with Thames holding on at their home ground at Rhodes Park to win by one point over Coromandel 8 - 7. Scott said it was a fantastic sight to see so many supporters there and Coromandel may well have had more of their supporters there than Thames did.
The Senior A final was between Thames and Mercury Bay, with another good crowd of supporters traveling down the coast to watch what turned out to be another tight game with just two points separating the teams at the final whistle. The McGlinchy Cup was held aloft by Mercury Bay with a 12 - 10 point win over the home side. That’s the first time they’ve won it on their own after sharing the trophy back in 2015.
Scott and Brian talked about the Tonga game against Samoa in Hamilton on Saturday afternoon, which Samoa won 37 - 15, moving them through to the World Cup Competition. Meanwhile Tonga has a game in Pukekohe this weekend against the Cook Islands for the right to play off against the winner of the Asia Rugby Championship, which if they win will get them a step closer to also being part of the 2023 World Cup Competition.
The All Blacks had another good win over Fiji on Saturday 60 - 13 in Hamilton with Coach Ian Foster moving some players around as he gears up for the Bledisloe Cup and Championship Competition games and more coming up. Scott and Brian mentioned the two tries for hooker Samisoni Taukei’aho from the Chiefs on debut, and thought he might be included in the All Blacks squad being named later on Monday. This turned out to be correct with him being included to stay with the team when it was announced later in the day.
Scott and Brian checked out the Farah Palmer Women’s Rugby over the weekend with Scott saying their fitness levels are climbing rapidly and the difference can be seen in their games as they settle into their season.
Brian asked about the Thames Valley Vixens and also the girls teams coming through the ranks and how their numbers are increasing. Scott said how it was pleasing to see the quality constantly improving and also the numbers of female players growing. He mentioned the schoolgirl Vixens have a tournament later this week in Rotorua, which Scott will be attending, and reporting in from on Friday’s Gold FM Rugby Report.
It was great to have Scott in the studio Brian said, and he did his whole report with very few notes, so obviously knows his stuff.
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