Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star
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Posted August 02, 2021
The Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star on Monday morning started with Scott Day, from the Thames Valley Rugby Football Union reviewing the Shaw Cup / Fleming Shield Tournament held at Rhodes Park in Thames on Saturday. Scott ran through the final results, with more games this Saturday in Whitianga and the following weekend at Boyd Park Te Aroha.
Brian asked Scott how the preseason game between Thames Valley Swampfoxes and North Harbour Development Squad went in Waitakaruru on Saturday. Scott said it was a great game that gave the Swampfoxes a good opportunity to get some game time before the Heartland Competition starts on Saturday August 21. While they lost 24 - 20 they were pleased with their efforts, while also appreciating they have a few things to work on.
Brian and Scott talked about the Tokyo Olympics next with the Rugby 7’s, and after the men won silver against Fiji in their final, the women came up against Fiji in their semi-final on Saturday, needing extra time to get a win and go on to the final where they played France. They had an outstanding game to better their silver in Rio in 2016, taking the gold medal, and they definitely deserved it Scott said.
The second test between the British and Irish Lions and South Africa panned out the way Scott said, with South Africa coming out on top to make it one win each. With the final game coming up this weekend it should be a great finish to the tour.
Brian asked Scott about the three provincial games at Boyd Park in Te Aroha this coming Saturday. Scott said it will be an afternoon of first class rugby starting at midday with the Thames Valley Under 18’s taking on Ngati Porou East Coast, Emerging Players up against the Waikato Provincial 15 and the Swampfoxes are playing New Zealand University 15.
Brian wrapped up by asking Scott his thoughts on the size of stadium to be built in Christchurch. Apparently the Christchurch Council has voted to reduce the size from 30,000 to 25,000 seats, which may not be big enough to cater for international games. While Scott didn’t want to get into the middle of an argument he is sure they should spend the extra $88m and blow the budget and think of the future. The new stadium is not just for rugby but for the whole community and a variety of events.
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