Wednesday, April 5, 2017
With a variation in results from week to week it is defending champions Rangataua leading the premier table unbeaten. Ngongotaha, Opotiki and Papamoa have established themselves at the top of the Division 1 table following two back to back wins to remain unbeaten.
Tauranga Sports v Whakarewarewa
Tauranga Sports and Whakarewarewa are tussling for position on the table, both tied on points they sit in fourth position. No doubt this match will be one to watch for spectators with plenty of youthful talent on both sides.
Tauranga Sports Head Coach Zane Winslade commented, “Last week was a good result for us because we showed some real guts and determination to grind out that result against a quality side. We improved in a lot of the areas we wanted to, but it's also pretty visible that we have some important parts of our game to work on.”
Reflecting on Whakarewarewa Winslade said, “Whakarewarewa are going to be a big test and those are the games we love to play, so we're looking forward to this weekend.”
Winslade finished, “ I have been really pleased with the work ethic of our team and I think that is ultimately what we are looking for from every player: If all 22 players are fully committed to emptying the tank this weekend then I am sure we'll meet our performance goals.”
Whakarewarewa Head Coach Joe Savage acknowledged discipline will be a focus for his team this coming weekend.
“We will implement a similar game plan to last week but we will be focusing more on our discipline, especially off our defensive line. We had a bit of trouble there in the weekend with people and their interpretation of the law and what the referee demeaned suitable.”
Savage further commented, “Set play and set phases for us will be another focus of ours especially in the forwards. We didn’t always have it go our way in the weekend but when it did things seemed to happen for us.”
Savage finished highlighting the strengths of the Tauranga Sports team.
“Tauranga Sports have always had a strong defensive structure and don’t seem to have a weakness there. We will be looking to use our strengths, with a good attacking backline and changing it up in the weekend to give it some variation will help towards that. Attacking out wide and in the centre will help with that but being able to maintain our discipline and structure in the close channels initially,” said Savage.
Ruatoki v Opotiki
In an Eastern Bay of Plenty derby match this weekend, Ruatoki will host Opotiki in what will be a tough test for the home side with their visitors displaying some early form in the first two rounds of the Division 1 competition.
Ruatoki coaching team of Markie Pouwhare and Niwa Maui were unavailable to comment on this occasion. Ruatoki prove to be a strong team on home soil, having narrowly missed out on the win against Papamoa, the team will be eager to post a win on the board this weekend. Their experience and whanau support will play a crucial role in delivering the win over their Eastern Bay of Plenty rivals.
Opotiki coach Dave Ngatai commented, “We have never played Ruatoki before, having come down from the Premiers last year we don’t really know. We have noticed they have been scoring a few points against the other teams so they must be alright.”
Ngatai reflected on his team’s progress to date.
“Our first game up against Katikati was good, we played reasonably well putting phases together and got our structures and patterns going. However this past weekend we came up against Judea, a slightly bigger team. We tried to play the game we wanted to play but they were pretty tidy, which was a good thing for us because it puts the pressure and onus on us to be better.”
Ngatai highlighted the need for his team to focus on improving their communication this weekend.
“Really we need to keep to our structure and patterns. We went away from them for some unknown reason. Communication this weekend will be a key message and staying with our structures and patterns is a big must for us.”
Ngatai finishes, “It will be great if we can get the win, but we just need to keep improving week in week out.”
Premier kick-off: 2.45pm
Premier Development kick-off: 1.00pm
Whakatane Marist v Te Puke Sports at Rugby Park
Paroa v Rangataua at Lawson Park
Tauranga Sports v Whakarewarewa at Tauranga Domain
Greerton Marist v Te Puna at Greerton Park
Mount Maunganui Sports v Rotoiti at Blake Park
Poroporo v Arataki at Poroporo Park
Division 1 kick-off: 2.45pm
Te Teko v Papamoa at Dunderdale Park
Marist St Michael’s v Ngongotaha at Marist Park
Ruatoki v Opotiki at Tuhoe Park
Kahukura v Rangiuru at Kuirau Park
Waimana v Waikite at Waimana Domain
Judea v Katikati at Maharaia Winiata Memorial Park