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Baywide Club Rugby Preview 22.07.2017 & 23.07.2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017
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This weekend all eyes will be on the Baywide Premier 1 and Baywide Women’s semi-finals, however the final round of both the Baywide Premier 2 and Division 1 Competition teams are still on the hunt to secure a semi-final spot. To wrap up the weekend’s rugby action, the Baywide Division 2 final will be a highly contested battle between Murupara and Edgecumbe.

Baywide Premier 1 Competition: Semi-Final
Rotoiti v Rangataua

Rotoiti will host the current Baywide defending champions Rangataua at Bellevue Road. Rotoiti have had an impressive season to date, producing winning performances when asked.

Rotoiti Coach Richard Francis highlighted a strong performance up front and strong defensive effort from their backline will be crucial factors to produce a winning performance. “It's crucial we meet Rangataua up front, win our set piece, and contest at the breakdown. Our backline defence has to be spot on because they like to run the ball.”

“We will be approaching this weekend’s game exactly the same way we have every other game with a sense of survival, discipline and control throughout. We will also enjoy the occasion being a home semi-final and we will be making the most of that home ground advantage,” said Francis.

Francis finished identifying that it will take a full 22 man team effort to deliver their game plan, “Our style of game will be based on a 22 man effort, and the weather on the day will dictate how we use our ball, particularly up front. Finals rugby comes down to big moments and who takes their opportunities. It's going to be an awesome game of rugby between two great Māori Clubs with a lot of Mana.”

Rangataua Coach John O’Loan identified that attitude will be vital to a winning performance this weekend, “Semi-finals is all about turning up with a real want to win attitude. We've proven in the past that when we get our head space right all the other things fall into place. But we need to ensure when we are given the opportunity we are capitalising on the score board and staying focused on what the plan is whilst having the patience in trusting our processes.”

“It’s important for us to play winning positive rugby. We can’t let ourselves go into our shells when things don't go our way. We can’t give away points without Rotoiti earning them. Last week we were guilty of giving away far too many easy points. I’m sure we'll make it a little harder this week,” said O’Loan.

O’Loan finished highlighting Rotoiti will be a challenging task this weekend and are aware of the threat their home advantage may play, “Despite Rotoiti having the best defensive record this round they still have a potent hard running attack lead by some of their big boys up front and a couple of very good play makers. However, the major obstacle for us is they have home ground advantage which comes with a very loyal vocal supporter base. This provides challenges for us that I know as a club we are absolutely up for it. As the current Baywide champions, we have no intention of giving the cup away without scraping and fighting for every meter it may take to keep hold of it.”

Baywide Premier 2 Competition: Week 7
Paroa v Arataki

This weekend Paroa host Arataki in a top of the table clash of the Baywide Premier 2 Competition.

Paroa Coach Mike Smith is calling for his team to reduce their errors this weekend.

“What we have to improve on is tidying up 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 and be consistent for the full eighty minutes.”

“Defence will be a key focus for the team. We need to deliver a collective effort ensuring all team members are aware of their roles,” said Smith.

Smith finished, “I have no doubt we can score some exciting tries and make our loyal support base proud of their team.”

Arataki Coach Billy Russell commented, “This weekend we’ll be looking to minimise our own individual mistakes and penalties. This will allow us to maintain a good defensive structure and force mistakes on the other team. We also know they are great at the breakdown with a couple of the best loosies in the Bay so we’ll have to be strong in contact and around the ruck.”

Russell is hoping his team will deliver a strong defensive game to allow the team to play an open game, “We have systems in place that complement the strong individuals we have across the whole team but we also want to make sure we don’t become robots and just play what’s in front of us. If we can combine our defensive structures with free flowing running rugby, it should be a great game.”

Baywide Women’s Competition: Semi-Final
Rangiuru v Rangataua

Rangataua will host Rangiuru this weekend when the teams front to compete for their spot in the Baywide Women’s Club Rugby Cup Final.

Rangiuru Coach Jimi McLean commented, “We need to believe how good we are and back ourselves, this is finals rugby now so everything needs to be left out on the paddock, we can’t come off having doubts about what we could’ve done, or should’ve done.”

McLean further highlighted accuracy for a full 80 minutes will be the teams focus this weekend. “We need to treasure possession therefore accuracy will be a prime focus for us. We can’t afford loose passes or losing possession in the contact areas, those are the areas we need to be strong including our set piece phases.”

McLean finished, “Being finals rugby it’s more mental (and emotional) application as opposed to physical. All the hard yards, trainings have culminated in this. Now it’s about heart, desire, belief and who wants it more, that’s the mental challenge.”

Rangataua Coach Paul Pou is asking individuals to continue to demonstrate an improved performance, “Individual performances need to take another step up this weekend and each performance will contribute towards the overall team performance after a heavy loss last weekend.”

“Consistency and sticking to our structures, not to panic and have accuracy with the smaller things are what we need to do this weekend to get the result we desire.”

Pou finished, “This game is important for us to bounce back and prove to ourselves that we can go all the way, confidence is a great thing to have; now it is all on the line and we have to face the challenges that are upon us as a unit, this is our strength.”

Baywide Premier 1 Semi-finals:
Saturday 22 July
Premier kick-off: 2.45pm
Mount Maunganui v Te Puke at Blake Park
Rotoiti v Rangataua at Bellevue Park

Premier 1 Development Semi-finals:
Saturday 22 July
Development kick-off: 1.00pm
Te Puna v Tauranga Sports at Maramatanga Park
Te Puke v Greerton Marist at Blake Park

Baywide Premier 2 and Premier 2 Development Draw:
Saturday 22 July
Premier kick-off: 2.45pm
Development kick-off: 1.00pm
Marist St Michael's v Whakatane Marist Premiers at Marist Park
Opotiki v Poroporo at Princess Street Reserve
Paroa v Arataki at Lawson Park
Waikite v Ngongotaha at Bellevue Road

Baywide Division 1:
Saturday 15 July
Kick-off: 2.45pm
Katikati v Judea at Moore Park
Papamoa v Te Teko at Gordon Spratt Reserve
Ruatoki v Rangiuru at Tuhoe Park
Waimana v Kahukura at Waimana Domain

Baywide Division 2 Final:
Saturday 22 July
Kick-off: 2:45pm
Murupara v Edgecumbe at Murupara

Women’s Semi-finals:
Sunday 23rd July
Kick-off: 1.00pm
Waikite v Waimana at Waikite
Rangataua v Rangiuru at Rangataua

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

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