Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star
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Posted September 13, 2021
The Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star started with Brian Gentil asking Scott Day from the Thames Valley Rugby Football Union about junior rugby now we have dropped to Alert Level 2. Scott said unfortunately the changing levels has caused a lot of uncertainty so the powers that be have decided to cancel the rest of the season.
Brian asked Scott about the representative games on this week and he explained about the Thames Valley Under 16 Boys game against Wairarapa Bush in Masterton as well as the Thames Valley Secondary School Girls who play Waikato Harlequins this Sunday at St Paul’s in Hamilton. Best of luck to both teams.
Scott and Brian had a good look at the All Blacks game on Sunday night against Argentina in the Rugby Championship, which they won convincingly 39 - 0. Scott was impressed with the lineup and thought some of the layers really stood out, including Centre Rieko Ioane, a late inclusion into the All Blacks and all three of the Barrett brothers. Brian mentioned Sevu Reece and his nippiness, which helped with his try when he dived under a bunch of four big Argentinian forwards to score in the second half.
And Scott had some interesting comments on the Australia game against South Africa, with the Kangaroos wining by two after a Quade Cooper penalty just before full time. Scott said the Springboks didn’t seem to have their usual flair and were content putting some high balls up and seeing what came of them.
Scott and Brian also commented on Mark Ozich, the popular Hawkes Bay coach who has accepted a full-time role on the Western Force coaching roster for Super Rugby Pacific in 2022. Scott marked his successes with Hawkes Bay and says he thinks he do really well in Perth.
The focus then turned to the NPC which comes back this weekend with a new draw, and the Heartland Competition is also on starting this weekend. Thames Valley travels to Masterton to take on Wairarapa Bush in a revised draw. Scott explained how the two new draws would work.
And to wrap up Brian asked Scott about Hawkes Bay’s chances of holding on to the Ranfurly Shield this Sunday when neighbours Bay of Plenty challenge them for it. Scott said it’s always a good game but he doesn’t think the Magpies will let go of the ‘log of wood’ too easily.
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