Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star
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Posted September 20, 2021
The Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star started with Brian Gentil asking Thames Valley RFU’s Scott Day about the representative games across the weekend. Scott ran through the results of the Thames Valley Under 16’s game against Wairarapa Bush, the Secondary School Girls match against the Harlequins on Sunday, and the Under 18’s who played Waikato Secondary Schools.
The focus went on the return of the Heartland Competition with a good win to Thames Valley. Scott was on the sideline in Masterton to watch the game against Wairarapa Bush, with the Swampfoxes proving too good, winning comfortably 42 - 10. Scott and Brian ran through the other games with Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury and Whanganui also scoring highly in their games.
The NPC had another great round, without the three Auckland Alert Level 4 affected sides and their opposition, and Brian and Scott focused on the results, including a controversial loss for Waikato against Canterbury with their final kick being rushed but no second attempt allowed by the referee.
Tasman was too strong for Northland and Hawkes Bay retained the Ranfurly Shield, in extra time, with a penalty in front of the uprights, to take the match against Bay of Plenty!
The Rugby Championship saw the All Blacks with another good win over the Pumas, although Argentina didn’t give up and scored close to the end, with the final result 36 - 13. Scott was impressed with the roll out of players that Coach Ian Foster featured which gave a number of fringe players an opportunity to shine, and they did. There were some standout performances which will help with the extended tour in the Northern Hemisphere still to come, and it would only take an injury or another birth in the team ranks that sees a player or two out, and these other players will need to be ready to join the team.
Brian and Scott talked about the game between Australia and South Africa as well, which saw back to back wins for the Kangaroos, beating the Springboks comfortably 30 - 17, a bonus point win. There’s not much to stop the All Blacks from winning the Rugby Championship now, although they’ll be preparing for a backlash from South Africa over the next two weekends.
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