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Baywide Club Rugby Preview 15.07.16 + 16.07.15

Thursday, July 13, 2017
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In the final round of the Premier 1 competition there is still plenty to play for, with the Tai Mitchell Shield on the line and semi-final spots yet to be finalised. This weekend will mark the start of the finals with the Baywide Women’s Trophy Final, Western Bay of Plenty Reserves Final and the Baywide Division 2 Semi-Finals kicking off finals rugby. Both Baywide Premier 2 and Division 1 competitions continue with two weeks remaining.

Baywide Premier 1 Competition: Week 7
Whakarewarewa v Rotoiti

Whakarewarewa will host local rivals Rotoiti this weekend at Puarenga Park. Despite a challenging second round for Whakarewarewa the challenge for the Tai Mitchell Shield this weekend will no doubt lift the side’s performance. Rotoiti currently sitting in fourth position on the table not only want to retain the Tai Mitchell Shield they will be looking to secure a semi-final spot.

Whakarewarewa Coach Joe Savage and his team have the greatest respect for their visitors this weekend and have identified the need to play the game at their speed.

“What we have identified with Rotoiti is that they have very strong ball carriers and our inefficiencies are at our contact point. The focus for us will be getting players to the ground as quick as possible allowing us to play a tempo ball and tempo style game. This will allow us to get them running around the park a bit more and hopefully expose their weaknesses out wide,” said Savage.

Savage finished highlighting the importance winning the Shield would have for the club, “We are not focusing too much on Rotoiti and where they stand and I am sure they will respect that we will give them a good game, make them work hard, we are not there to just give it to them that’s for sure although we want to see them do well we want that shield back and install a lot of mana back into our club and our team,” said Savage.

Rotoiti Coach Richard Francis highlighted defence and a strong performance up front will be crucial factors to produce a winning performance. “For our team it will be crucial we have a solid defence and show our dominance in the forwards. We know Whakarewarewa have a strong kicking game and have skilful backs which we will need to contain.” said Francis.

Francis acknowledged his team needs to be clinical at set piece and play a disciplined game. “We will look to win our own ball at set piece and play a disciplined game and try to play a 15 man game.”

Francis finished, “This is our first defence since winning our Taonga. The Shield means so much to our club because Tai Mitchell was from Rotoiti, Ngati Pikiao.”

Baywide Premier 2 Competition: Week 6
Paroa v Waikite

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.

Paroa Coach Mike Smith recognised the focus for his side will be on his team not what their opposition is doing.

“It is a little bit of the unknown for us we haven’t played Waikite for a number of years so we are not sure what their team is going to bring so we are more worried about our performance,” said Smith.

Smith finished, “What we have to improve on is limiting our unforced errors if we can do that we will be a lot better off than what we have been over the past couple of weeks be consistent for the full eighty minutes.”

Waikite Coach Kevin Lee has identified his team will need to reduce their unforced errors. “Last weekend’s game there were too many errors which were converted into points. This weekend, we will be focus on not committing those same mistakes. The boys will need to lift their skill level too.”

Lee finished, “Paroa are strong up front especially in their loose forwards, it will be a tough challenge but we are blessed to be in a position where our future is in our hands.”

Baywide Women’s Competition: Trophy Final
Whakarewarewa v Rotoiti

Whakarewarewa will host Rotoiti this weekend when the teams front to compete for the Baywide Women’s Club Rugby Trophy Final.

Whakarewarewa Coach Ron James is looking for his team to continue to improve, “This Saturday we will be looking to continue to show improvements and to finish the season off well. We have taken some big strides this year for our first year. Taking another win will be awesome for us, because if you look at the percentages we have won more than we have lost.”

James finished, “It will be a great club day and both clubs will really enjoy it. It will be a big spectacle on Saturday it doesn’t matter where either club are sitting on the table both teams will step up to the occasion, come Saturday it will be all on.”

Rotoiti Coach Victoria Grant identified her side will need to deliver a well finished team performance this weekend through a running game. “This weekend we will be looking to deliver some running rugby, we want to put on a good spectacle for our supporters”

“We know Whakarewarewa have a number of strong runners, so we need to back our line speed and ability over the ball to counter this,” said Grant.

Grant finished hoping her girls will come out firing, “We will be wanting the girls to have a strong mind-set and to come out firing come Saturday.”

Baywide Premier 1 and Premier 1 Development Draw:
Saturday 15 July:
Premier kick-off: 2.45pm
Development kick-off: 1.00pm
Rangataua v Tauranga Sports at Te Ariki Park
Greerton Marist v Te Puke Sports at Greerton Park
Whakarewarewa v Rotoiti at Puarenga Park
Mount Maunganui v Te Puna at Blake Park

Baywide Premier 2 and Premier 2 Development Draw:
Saturday 15 July:
Premier kick-off: 2.45pm
Development kick-off: 1.00pm

Arataki v Marist St Michael’s at Arataki Park
Paroa v Waikite at Lawson Park
Ngongotaha v Opotiki at Ngongotaha Domain
Poroporo v Whakatane Marist at Poroporo Park

Baywide Division 1:
Saturday 15 July:
Kick-off: 2.45pm

Papamoa v Waimana at Gordon Spratt Reserve
Judea v Te Teko at Maharaia Winiata Memorial Park
Rangiuru v Kahukura at Centennial Park
Ruatoki v Katikati at Tuhoe Park

Baywide Western Bay of Plenty Final:
Saturday 15 July:
Kick-off: 1.00pm

Mount Maunganui Sports v Tauranga Sports at Blake Park

Baywide Division 2 Semi-Finals:
Saturday 15 July:
Kick-off: 2.45pm
Murupara v Mata at Ngati Manawa Rd
Edgecumbe v Reporoa at Edgecumbe Domain

Baywide Women’s Draw:
Saturday 15 July:
Kick-off: 11.00am
Trophy Final:

Whakarewarewa v Rotoiti at Puarenga Park

Sunday 16 July:
Kick-off: 1.00pm

Rangiuru v Waimana at Centennial Park
Rangataua v Waikite at Te Ariki Park

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