Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star
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Posted October 15, 2021
The Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star began with Brian Gentil asking Scott Day, Thames Valley RFU Rugby Development Officer, about the representative game that has had to be cancelled. Scott explained that with the Alert Level in Hamilton it meant they had to can the game between the Thames Valley Emerging Players and Taranaki U19 side in Hamilton on Saturday unfortunately.
Brian and Scott focused on the Heartland Competition with some great games lined up across this weekend. The undefeated Thames Valley Swampfoxes are in a top of the table clash with Mid Canterbury, and Scott explained how a win, or loss, will affect the table. This is a home game for the Swampfoxes being played at Boyd Park in Te Aroha and Scott mentioned tickets are available at their office in Paeroa for $5 and also at the gate. Scott reminded listeners about the 1 metre distancing and courtesy, and is hoping for a good crowd on Saturday with kick off at 2.05 pm. Scott and Brian ran through the other games across the weekend as well.
The NPC continues, without the Auckland sides taking part unfortunately due to the covid restrictions. There are still some great matchups this weekend, including Northland playing Otago at Rotorua International Stadium on Friday night. On Saturday Waikato take on Taranaki at their ‘home ground’ of Tauranga Domain and Canterbury host Hawkes Bay, with the Ranfurly Shield safely left on the shelf in Hawkes Bay for this away game for the Magpies. There are two more games on Sunday with Manawatu and Wellington meeting and Tasman hosting Bay of Plenty in Nelson.
Brian and Scott talked briefly about the All Blacks as they gear up for their clash next Sunday October 24 against the USA. There’ll be a few extra players to choose from with Sam Cane, Sam Whitelock and other AB’s joining the team on their tour in time to be picked for the team.
And then it was on to the tights or leggings that are now allowed for men to wear during games. Scott explained it’s because in the northern hemisphere they play a lot on artificial turf which can cause grazes and also infections so wearing the leggings is more for protection than looks! Brian mentioned it also gives a sponsor or two an opportunity to claim another space, hopefully not but let’s wait and see.
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