Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star
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Posted November 22, 2021
The Gold FM Rugby Report with Harcourts Gold Star on Monday began with Brian Gentil asking Scott Day from Thames Valley RFU how his body was shaping up after taking to the field with his Whangamata side on the weekend. Scott said it was a bit sore but well worth it. Whangamata went on to win the Thames Valley Club Rugby 7’s Tournament held at Waihi Rugby and Sports Club Grounds in Kenny St. Scott even dotted down a couple of times I’m told, well done.
Scott said it was a fantastic day and there are a few who could have used a little more sunscreen. He also coached the Thames Valley Women’s Vixens 7’s team with their three games against Whanganui, and while they didn’t win any of the games they have come a long way from 4 weeks ago when they first got together, and Scott can see with the team doubling in size the way the team is shaping up.
The focus went on the NPC finals played across the weekend with Scott and Brian first up talking about Taranaki’s win over Otago, making it a clean sweep for the season with 10 wins from 10 for the amber and blacks. The final score was 32 - 19.
And Waikato prevailed over Tasman, the defending champions, on Saturday night in a close game. They won 23 - 20 and Scott mentioned some stand out performances from players that made the difference in a game that was close right to the finish. Scott said that’s about 15 years since the last time they have won for the season.
Brian and Scott talked about the Black Ferns loss to France, losing 29 - 7, and how they have some rebuilding to do after being the dominant team for so long.
And the All Blacks suffered another defeat, this time against France in their last game of their Northern Hemisphere tour, going down 40 - 25 to a classy French side that never let up. Scott said the team needs a rest after a long tour but that was no excuse, and you can’t blame the coach for a poor performance by the players. Scott mentioned several he thought weren’t playing to the best of their ability for whatever reason. Brian brought up those who were quick to say it’s time to change the coach as we haven’t lost three games in a season since 2009. That’s true he said, and we didn’t get rid of Graham Henry, he was signed up for another two years to take the AB’s to the World Cup in 2011, Sir Graham Henry now!
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