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Baywide Club Rugby Preview 08.07.17 + 09.07.17

Thursday, July 6, 2017
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This weekend will see the Jordan Cup on the line once again when Te Puke Sports face current holders Mount Maunganui Sports. Teams will be fighting to secure their position in the top four across the Baywide Premier 2 and Division 1 competitions, teams will be fighting to secure their position in the top four. The Baywide Women’s Club Rugby competition enters the second round of their Cup and Trophy Championships.

Baywide Premier 1 Competition: Week 6
Te Puke Sports v Mount Maunganui Sports

Te Puke Sports will host top of the table Mount Maunganui this weekend at Murray Salt Stadium. After falling short to Tauranga Sports a couple of weeks ago the pirates will be hoping to claim back the Jordan Cup, but Mount Maunganui Sports will be a testing challenge for the home side.

Te Puke Sports Coach Craig Jeffries is very much aware of the challenge his side faces this weekend and will be encouraging his team to step up and deliver a consistent performance this weekend.

“If we want to win back Jordan Cup we will need to be better than we've been all year, we have had good patches within games but not for entire match. We need to cut out mistakes and use ball well when we have it and we'll be in the game, give the Mount a sniff and we'll be chasing the game. They are very good at taking chances,” said Jeffries.

Mount Maunganui Sports Coach Rodney Voullaire pleased to have secured the Jordan Cup with their 35-18 win over Tauranga Sports will be driving his team to secure points for a semi-final spot this weekend whilst retaining the silver wear.

“A key focus for us is to get the win as we need more points to secure ourselves a semi-final. To do that we need to utilise our systems and how we are playing at the moment keep doing all our little jobs that we need to do individually to allow the team to work together.”

Voullaire will be urging his forwards to step up once again this weekend to allow his talented backline to secure some ball.

“We know Te Puke are pretty hard up front and we are going to work our butts off and apply a lot of pressure there, making sure we are tackling hard and applying a lot of pressure at the break down and hopefully get a bit of ball to play with. We have quite a nice back line at the moment, that are gelling well and we just hope that they will continue to do so.”

Baywide Premier 2 Competition: Week 5
Waikite v Whakatane Marist

This weekend Whakatane Marist host Ngongotaha in a do or die match for both teams if they wish to continue to hunt for a top four finish.

Whakatane Marist Coach Craig Edwards highlights the importance of needing a win this weekend and needs his team to kick the game off with a solid start if they are to gain the win.

“We are going to have to start better this week, the past three weeks we haven’t started very well. The boys have to keep focused and stick to what we know. We will need our forwards to step up this weekend and rectify the result against Waikite. It is a must win game for us now.”

Edwards finished acknowledging the threats Ngongotaha pose across the park commented, ““They have a good fullback that likes to run a lot so he is a bit of a threat, they have not a bad forward pack and a good line out so they will be pretty strong all round, we just have to play our game really.”

Ngongotaha Coach Jodie Wharekura is treating every game as it comes in the remaining weeks of the competition and asking his team to give themselves every opportunity of securing a win.

“There are three games to go and we need to play everyone like it is our last. It has been thirteen years since we have been in the premier division so we want to make sure we turn over every stone, cross every T and dot ever I to give ourselves the opportunity to compete and then win after that,” said Wharekura.

Wharekura finishes aware of the challenge his team faces being a smaller team but is hopeful his side can utilise their expansive game. “The forwards have been the lynch pin of our team in the past couple of weeks so they certainly need to front up. Whakatane on the other side have a very big physical pack, so if we can compete with them in those early exchanges and focus on the things we are good at especially around the ruck and loose play. We need to play our game which is an expansive game regardless of the weather conditions and given we are a bit smaller them we need to run it around them.

Baywide Women’s Competition: Week 2
Rangiuru v Waikite

Rangiuru will host Waikite this weekend as the Baywide Women’s teams’ enter the second week of the second round of the competition, with sides splitting into respective Cup and Trophy Divisions.

Rangiuru Coach Jimi McLean identified his sides defence as a key focus for the ladies this weekend. “Our key focus this week will be our defence systems which let us down badly last week. Add to that Waikite have run up some big scores over the last fortnight so we definitely need to be able to stop their momentum on attack. They have some big running loose forwards so we’ll have to be strong around the fringes.”

McLean highlighted his side work best when playing at pace and ensuring the ball is moved into the far channel. “Utilising the wide channels works well for us, back our fitness and playing at pace. In saying that we need to ensure that we are committing defenders down the middle first, as they say you have to earn the right to go wide and do the work up front first.”

McLean finished, “We definitely let ourselves down mentally last week against Rangataua, how good a team we actually are will be defined in this game against Waikite and how we respond after last week.”

Waikite Coach Tina Stephens identified her side will need to deliver a well finished team performance this weekend. “We will need to utilise the strength of our forward pack, to deliver good clean ball to the backs and take advantage of our speed and finish over the line,” said Stephens.

Stephens emphasised her team needs to be strong and assertive. “We have a number of key work on’s this weekend, we need to be power-hungry in ruck and ball situations. Ensuring we are supporting the ball carrier and be prepared for offloads. We also need to play an assertive and rational game, making sure we are thinking outside the box particularly around scrums and lineouts,” said Stephens.

Stephens finished, “Rangiuru stole our glory in the first round, it’s going to be an exceptionally intense physical and challenging game of rugby come Sunday and we are as prepared as we can be.”

Baywide Premier 1 and Premier 1 Development Draw:
Saturday 8 July:
Premier kick-off: 2.45pm
Development kick-off: 1.00pm

Tauranga Sports v Greerton Marist at Tauranga Domain
Te Puke Sports v Mount Maunganui Sports at Murray Salt Stadium
Whakarewarewa v Rangataua at Puarenga Park
Rotoiti v Te Puna at Emery Park

Baywide Premier 2 and Premier 2 Development Draw:
Saturday 8 July:
Premier kick-off: 2.45pm
Development kick-off: 1.00pm

Waikite v Arataki at Bellvue Road
Opotiki v Paroa at Princess Street Reserve
Whakatane Marist v Ngongotaha at Rugby Park
Poroporo v Marist St Michael’s at Poroporo Park

Baywide Division 1:
Saturday 8 July:
Kick-off: 2.45pm

Judea v Ruatoki at Maharaia Winiata Memorial Park
Kahukura v Papamoa at Kuirau Park
Waimana v Katikati at Waimana Domain
Te Teko v Rangiuru at Dunderdale Park

Baywide Division 2:
Saturday 8 July:
Kick-off: 2.45pm

Edgecumbe v Murupara at Edgecumbe Domain
Eastern Districts v Eastern Pirates at Paengaroa Domain
Edgecumbe v Murupara at Reporoa Rugby Club

Baywide Women’s Draw:
Saturday 8 July:
Kick-off: 1.00pm

Whakarewarewa v Te Whanau Apanui at Te Kaha
Rotoiti - Bye

Sunday 9 July:
Kick-off: 1.00pm

Rangiuru v Waikite at Centennial Park
Waimana v Rangataua at Waimana Domain

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