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Baywide Club Rugby Preview 17.06.17 + 18.06.17

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
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This weekend is a festive of rugby in Rotorua with the inclusion of the International Women’s Series and DHL Lions Series featuring the Maori All Blacks to the weekend’s Baywide Club Rugby.

Baywide Premier 1 Competition: Week 3
Rotoiti v Te Puke Sports

Rotoiti are at home to host Te Puke Sports this weekend. Both sides remain unbeaten in the second round.

Rotoiti coach Richard Francis commented, “We will focus mainly on accuracy across all facets of the game, but more importantly improve our performance and technique at the breakdown. Our recent strengths have been defence and set piece so we to need maintain this.”

Francis continues on the abilities of his team’s opposition this weekend, “Te Puke is showing good attacking structures and support play and we will need to be well prepared to combat this. But we will stick to the old cliché, stick to the basics and focus on doing this well.”

Te Puke Sports coach Craig Jeffries comments, “Rotoiti are clearly the form team of the round with their two wins on the trot in the top eight. We are going to be trying to close down their ability to accumulate points throughout the 80 minutes and at the same time we are pretty keen to continue to grow our attack and really enjoy what we are doing out there.”

Jeffries finishes, “Clearly Rotoiti have a strong abrasive forward pack and exciting backs so we'll have to get the basics right if we want to be successful on Saturday.”

Baywide Premier 2 Competition: Week 2
Marist St Michael’s v Waikite

Following a tough first match last weekend against an impressive Paroa side, Marist St Michael’s will host local rivals Waikite.

Marist St Michael’s coach Mike Lewis commented, “We learnt a lot from our game against Paroa, especially around the speed of the game, and the physicality needed against the premier sides. I’m sure Waikite learnt some of the same things we did after playing premier side Poroporo last weekend. However I’m not sure any of that will matter though this weekend, being a local derby, it usually comes down to the team that can hold their nerve best. We just got one over Waikite in the first game of the last round, so I’m sure they will be out to make amends this Saturday.”

Lewis further commented on the style of game his team will look to execute this weekend, “We’ll be looking to keep it pretty simple, play in the right parts of the field and take our chances when they come,” said Lewis.

Lewis finished, “A lot of games have been played since we last faced Waikite. I’m sure their game has changed just as much as ours has in that time. This weekend we will just be trying to put in a shift we’re proud of, and one hopefully our supporters can be proud of too.”

Waikite coach Kevin Lee acknowledged his team needs to ensure they are executing as a team. “This round our team needs to step up with the execution of our skill and mental level when we face the teams in our section.

“Further to that we need to focus on an improved performance from last week’s performance,” said Lee.

Lee finishes, “We will be looking to keep the ball away from Marist St Michael’s with speed. Marist St Michael’s is well coached; they are accurate in execution of their game plan and deliver with speed, which we will need to interfere.”

Baywide Division 1 Competition: Week 2
Kahukura v Te Teko

Kahukura will host Te Teko at home this weekend after both teams successfully secured wins over the weekend.

Kahukura Coach Wayne Fell, “We are going to try and run them off their feet this weekend. We’ve got a horrendous amount of injuries. We are struggling to a put together a forward pack this week, but we will front up. We certainly won’t be able to play them up front but we will look to try and play hot potato and run around them.

Fell reflected on last weekend’s game, “We just stuck to our systems last week and played some smart rugby. We didn’t let the game break up to much and got a bit of a lead and held onto it.”

Fell finished, “We have some team systems to play to, but we might vary away from them this weekend. Te Teko are notoriously strong up front and we don’t want to go into too much contact and ensure we get the ball wide more so.”

Te Teko coach Simon Geddes was unavailable for comment. Te Teko held the upper hand over Kahukura in round one winning 20-15 over Kahukura at home. It will be a fierce challenge between the two sides with Te Teko traditionally boasting a strong experienced forward pack and experienced backs over a youthful Kahukura side. Following a tightly contested game last weekend over Ruatoki, this weekend is expected to be no different.

Baywide Women’s Competition: Week 6
Waikite v Rangiuru

Rangataua and Whakarewarewa will return to play this weekend following Queens Birthday Weekend. Both teams are new entrants to the Baywide Club Rugby Women’s competition and are striving to secure their place in the Cup round for the second round.

Waikite captain Eliza Stephens is hoping her team continues to perform as they did last weekend against Te Whanau Apanui.

“This weekend our team will be focusing on taking the same attitude, determination, game plan, structure and support for each other as we did in our match last week against Te Whanau Apanui,” said Stephens.

Stephens continues highlighting her team’s key strengths. “We are strong across the paddock in both forwards and backs. For us we will be maintaining ball position around the ruck ensuring we are supporting our ball carriers and creating clean ball for half back to allow her to get it out wide to our backs with speed to finish off.”

Stephens finishes confident her side will be able to match Rangiuru’s strength. “Their backline are known to be fast and skilful, I believe we will match them in this area, which should be great for our whanau to watch,” said Stephens.

Rangiuru Coach Jimi McLean was unavailable for comment. His side have been consistent performers both home and away and are front runners of the competition to date. This weekend they will be looking to continue their dominance with their structured play and rehearsed set piece. With a strong forward pack and versatile backs it will be a great game to showcase the growth in the women’s game.

Baywide Premier 1 and Premier 1 Development Draw:
Saturday 17 June:
Premier kick-off: 1.30pm
Development kick-off: 12.00pm

Whakarewarewa v Tauranga Sports at Puarenga Park
Rotoiti v Te Puke Sports at Emery Park

Premier kick-off: 2.45pm
Development kick-off: 1.00pm

Rangataua v Te Puna at Te Ariki Park
Greerton Marist v Mount Maunganui Sports at Greerton Park

Baywide Premier 2 and Premier 2 Development Draw:
Saturday 17 June:
Premier kick-off: 1.30pm
Development kick-off: 12.00pm

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

Premier kick-off: 2.45pm
Development kick-off: 1.00pm

Whakatane Marist v Paroa at Rugby Park

Baywide Division 1:
Saturday 10 June:
Kick-off: 1.30pm

Kahukura v Te Teko at Kuirau Park

Kick-off: 2.45pm
Papamoa v Judea at Gordon Spratt Reserve
Waimana v Ruatoki at Waimana Domain
Katikati v Rangiuru at Moore Park

Baywide Women’s Draw:
Sunday 11 June:
Kick-off: 1.00pm

Waikite v Rangiuru at Bellvue Road
Rotoiti v Rangataua at Emery Park
Whakarewarewa v Waimana at Puarenga Park
Te Whanau Apanui - Bye

Baywide Club Rugby Draws and Results:
For the 2017 Baywide Premier Club Rugby draws and weekly results click here.

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