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Baywide Club Rugby Preview 24.06.17 + 25.06.17

Thursday, June 22, 2017
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This weekend the men’s teams enter the mid-way point of the second round of the Baywide Club Rugby competition. The Baywide Women’s Club Rugby competition comes down to the wire in the final week before the division splits into the Cup and Championship divisions.

Baywide Premier 1 Competition: Week 4
Te Puna v Greerton Marist

Te Puna will host Greerton Marist this weekend in a Western Bay of Plenty clash. Both sides are on even points needing to secure a win to progress into the top four.

Te Puna coach Aidan Kuka commented, “The key goal for us this weekend will be to respect the ball we have.”

“We will be looking to build pressure and show patience on attack. Our attitude on defence has been good but will need to be better this weekend. Greerton are a totally different team to the one we met in Round One. They have a big strong forward pack and an elusive backline. There certainly are some quality players in their side,” said Kuka.

Kuka finishes highlighting his side’s enjoyment and invaluable support they receive playing at home, “We enjoy playing at home. Our supporters are very loyal and will be there again to cheer on our team. The boys are determined to defend our home ground with mana.”

Greerton Marist coach Brendon Brill highlights the importance of this weekend’s result, “As a club whatever the opposition this week there is an expectation that we need to win to stay in touch and make a go at the semi-finals.”

Brill well aware of the challenge his side faces, “Te Puna at home are a tough team, we however need to get rid of the demons of our poor performance in the first round where Te Puna was clinical and showed their class.”

“We would like to think we have come a long way since the first round and expect an exciting fixture against who we see as a championship contender and a good performance is needed by Greerton Marist to show that we are also contenders,” said Brill.

Brill finishes, “What makes this top eight such a good place to be is the skill and abilities on show each week by all the teams is exciting and it is almost to the point every team needs to win now and the desperation to win will be on show for both teams on Saturday.”

Baywide Premier 2 Competition: Week 3
Poroporo v Paroa

This weekend Poroporo will host their neighbours Paroa as they hunt for their second win, while Paroa will look to continue their unbeaten streak.

Poroporo coach Eddie Maui emphasised his team need to maintain connected on defence, “Like all teams our defence needs to be operating as one unit this weekend which is an area of our game that needs to improve.”

Maui expects weather will be the contributing factor to the style of game but is aware Paroa will be a threat whatever the weather.
“The weather will be a big factor on what style of play we implement but we always like to use the ball. Paroa will be a threat all over the paddock but if we can contain their forwards it will go a long way towards playing on a level playing field if we can do that it will be up to who takes their opportunities on which team gets the result.”

Maui finishes, “We are definitely the underdog going into this battle but we are comfortable with that.”

Paroa Coach Mike Smith recognises there is still plenty of improvement needed in his team and are lucky to not be punished as a result.

“We have learnt if you are not on top of your game they are not going to get to you,” said Smith.

Smith acknowledged his team needs to ensure they hold their intensity for the full eighty minutes this week.

“Staying connected as a team for eighty minutes, playing the full eighty minutes. The last two weekends we haven’t played the full eighty and have dropped off for big chunks of the game in our intensity. So we need to keep that game for the eighty minutes to give ourselves a chance of spring boarding into the semis and finals. If we can be more consistent over the eighty minute period we will achieve this.”

Baywide Division 1 Competition: Week 3
Rangiuru v Papamoa

Rangiuru will host local rivals Papamoa this weekend. Papamoa coming away with a win will be hoping to continue their winning form, while Rangiuru had a tight loss on the weekend are hoping for an improved performance in front of their home crowd.

Rangiuru Coach Te Hira Roberts, “I reckon they will go well. We will be looking to structure our game plan through our forwards, as that is where our main power is.”

Roberts identified an improved performance from his backs will be needed this weekend. “Our weakness was our backs last time we faced Papamoa. This time our backs need to spread as they are getting to caught up with our forwards in the ruck area and are leaving holes out wide. We have learnt to cover those holes and spread wide.”

Papamoa coach Paul Sloane, “We are hoping to achieve maximum points this weekend and give a few guys a rest, but we still want to try and maintain that standard.”

Sloane identified the team’s attitude and defence will be key focuses this weekend. “I think our attitude and defence are key areas for us. The teams’ are a lot more desperate to gain the win now we are into the second round. We want to keep our defensive record intact.”

Sloane finished, “We are certainly respecting the opposition. It is easy to dismiss a side because they haven’t been going so well but we certainly won’t be doing that.”

Baywide Women’s Competition: Week 7
Waimana v Te Whanau Apanui

Waimana will host Te Whanau Apanui this weekend in what will be a must win game for the home side.

Waimana coach John Mika was unavailable to comment, however manager Matiu Boynton commented on the teams driving focus for the weekend.

“Our main objective for the season was to try and make the top four of the cup section but we have got ourselves in a bit of a squeeze at the moment sitting in fifth position. A win this weekend with a bonus point will be needed to provide them with the chance of moving into the Cup section for the next round.”

Boynton finished highlighting the key focus for the side, “First and foremost will be to secure a win, score more than five tries, but most importantly to play well.”

Te Whanau Apanui coach Herbie Teddy was unavailable for comment. Te Whanau Apanui has struggled to fire too date, but have produced some impressive performances against the top teams in the competition. However this weekend they will be playing for pride. Securing a win on the weekend will throw a spanner in the works for the other teams as they battle for position in the middle of the table to secure a top four finish. It will be a fierce challenge between the two sides it is expected both sides will play with plenty of mana.

Baywide Premier 1 and Premier 1 Development Draw:
Saturday 24 June:
Premier kick-off: 2.45pm
Development kick-off: 1.00pm

Mount Maunganui v Whakarewarewa at Blake Park
Tauranga Sports v Te Puke Sports at Tauranga Domain
Rangataua v Rotoiti at Te Ariki Park
Te Puna v Greerton Marist at Maramatanga Park

Baywide Premier 2 and Premier 2 Development Draw:
Saturday 24 June:
Premier kick-off: 2.45pm
Development kick-off: 1.00pm

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

Baywide Division 1:
Saturday 24 June:
Kick-off: 2.45pm

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

Baywide Division 2:
Saturday 24 June:
Kick-off: 2.45pm

Edgecumbe v Matata at Edgecumbe Domain
Murupara v Eastern Pirates at Ngati Manawa Road
Reporoa v Eastern Districts at Reporoa Rugby Club

Baywide Women’s Draw:
Sunday 25 June:
Kick-off: 1.00pm

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

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