Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star
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Posted July 26, 2021
On the Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star Brian Gentil asked Scott Day, Thames Valley Rugby Development officer, about the Secondary School’s Toi Ohomai Tournament in Rotorua which the Thames Valley Girls Vixens team played four games on Thursday and Friday. Scott was there to help coach the side and said while they didn’t win any of their games they certainly can hold their heads up high with some good rugby played and lots of experience gained.
Brian asked Scott about the Thames Valley Swampfoxes season coming up and what they were up to. Scott said they have their first pre-season game this coming weekend against North Harbour Development Squad. This is being played at Waitakaruru, and is a first for the club.
Scott then talked about junior rugby and explained how a tournament coming up in Thames this Saturday will run with regions featuring rather than clubs or schools.
The Women’s Farah Palmer Cup saw Auckland have a good win 39 - 15 over Otago in Dunedin, racing in 3 tries in the last eleven minutes.
Scott and Brian talked about the All Blacks and how the Covid restrictions and lockdowns in Australia could affect their games against Australia. Scott said it’s likely we’ll see three straight weekends of tests for the Belisloe Cup, with the two New Zealand games being played week after week and then a quick trip to Australia for the third and final game, kicking off on Saturday 7 August.
And they made mention about the situation with Quade Cooper, who’s been pulled into the Australian 42 man squad for the Bleisloe Cup by Kiwi Coach Dave Rennie, but he can’t get Australian Citizenship, even after trying four times.
The report ended with Scott and Brian checking out the win to the British and Irish Lions over South Africa in their opening tour match, after trailing 12 - 3 at half time. Brian mentioned the Lions coach Warren Gatland changed tactics at half time and got the British and Irish Lions putting up quite a few high balls, which definitely had an impact as they went on to win 22- 17.
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