Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star
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Posted November 15, 2021
The Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star began with Brian Gentil asking Scott Day, the Thames Valley RFU Rugby Development Officer, about the Heartland Competition finals games played across the country. Scott ran through the games with the Lochore Cup going to Whanganui with their win over North Otago 22 - 16. The Bill Osborne Taonga was won by Poverty Bay who beat Mid Canterbury 33 - 26 and the Meads Cup went the way of South Canterbury, who had the home ground advantage when they played the Thames Valley Swampfoxes, with a final score of 35 - 16.
Brian and Scott checked out the NPC semifinals next with some good games, and an upset too. Otago beat Manawatu 44 - 16 when they came to visit, Taranaki were victors over Southland 25 - 13, Hawkes Bay were surprisingly beaten Scott said in their game against Tasman, going down 33 - 27, while Waikato came out on top in their close game against Canterbury, taking the game 17 - 14.
Scott and Brian touched on the Black Ferns game against France, and another loss, going down 38 - 13, with another game this coming weekend against them.
And the All Blacks loss to a determined Ireland side early on Sunday can’t be called an upset anymore Scott said, as they have now beaten the AB’s three out of their last five meetings. It was a fantastic game that saw the Irish take the game to the All Blacks and never let up, winning the game 29 -20 at the end. The stats were stacked against the All Blacks with the number of tackles over twice that of the Irish, not helping their cause. Scott said the rushing defense on the AB’s is something they need to look at and it’s very likely to feature again this coming weekend when they play their last game of their Northern Hemisphere Tour against France.
Brian and Scott talked about the Thames Valley Women’s Vixens team training this Thursday at 6.30 pm at Thames, and that any more women who would like to join them can turn up. They have a game coming up against Whanganui soon so get along Scott says.
And Scott mentioned that next weekend there’s a Thames Valley Club Sevens Tournament happening at Waihi with eight teams involved and will give us more details on Friday’s report.
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