Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star
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Posted November 01, 2021
The Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star on Monday focused on the Heartland Competition, the NPC and the All Blacks and Black Ferns games along with an invite to women to join the Thames Valley Vixens on Thursday afternoon; plenty to talk about with Scott Day from Thames Valley RFU.
Brian Gentil began with the Heartland Competition and the Thames Valley Swampfoxes home game at Boyd Park Te Aroha against neighbours King Country. Brian said they seemed to be competing with the All Blacks 50 plus with their win of 50 - 15 in front of a packed ground. Scott ran through the game, saying there were times the Swampfoxes couldn’t get things right, but at the end of the day it was a good win and great to be able to put 50 on the board. Scott says this means they are into the Meads Cup final, we’re just not sure of whether it will be an away game or not, depending on how things pan out with this weekend’s games.
The NPC started with a win last Friday night to Canterbury over Tasman 24 - 20, and on Saturday Southland won by four points 37 - 33 against the Northland Taniwhas. It was the same scoreline when Waikato beat Bay of Plenty 37 - 33 in Tauranga, and Hawkes Bay were victors over home side Manawatu in their game. Scott talked about the highlights of the games.
Scott and Brian talked about the All Blacks game against Wales on Sunday morning with an outstanding performance by the man of the match Beauden Barret in his 100th test, including an intercept try at either end of the game. Scott ran through some of the players that stood out in a game that saw the ball being passed about in the second half as if it was on a string. Sevu Reece was involved in one try where he featured three times before he dotted down, a real team try. The AB’s play Italy this Sunday morning.
The Black Ferns unfortunately lost to England 43 - 12 in their first outing in about two years. The victory was the Red Roses’ biggest winning margin over the Black Ferns and their first win against New Zealand since 2017.
The Black Ferns continue their Northern Tour with a re-match against England next Monday in Northampton, followed by two games against France in France.
Scott and Brian touched on theBlack Ferns and the England women’s rugby team wearing instrumented mouthguards that record data in training and in two matches between the two sides as part of a head impact study.
Scott ended with a request for women to head to Waihi Rugby grounds on Thursday if they’d like to be involved in the Heartland Vixens Women’s Rugby team. He’s really keen to coach the team and just wants the numbers to turn up on Thursday to gauge the interest. He said there wasn’t going to be any major training, it was more of a get together to get things underway. Turn up for a start a 6.30 pm, even if you just want to find out more.
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