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Baywide Club Rugby Preview 29.08.17 & 30.07.17

Thursday, July 27, 2017
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An abundance of quality rugby will hit the Bay in this weekend’s finals action. Sir Gordon Tietjens field will be lined with supporters on Saturday for the Baywide Premier 1 Final between Mount Maunganui and Rotoiti. On Sunday, the Waikite club rooms will be packed to the rafters for the Baywide Women’s Final between Waikite and Rangataua. It is do or die for the Baywide Premier 2 and Division 1 semi-finalists.

Baywide Premier 1 Competition: Final

Mount Maunganui v Rotoiti
Mount Maunganui Sports will host Rotoiti this weekend at Blake Park. Rotoiti secured their final spot after knocking out defending champions Rangataua at Bellvue Road last weekend. Both sides have been consistent performers in the second round with only one point separating them in their last encounter. This weekend is set to again produce another tight encounter played with plenty of mana.

Mount Maunganui Coach Rodney Voullaire, “We were there last year and building up well last year and we cracked last year, so we hoping not to do that again this weekend. We’ve been building up mentally to ensure that we stick to the plan”

Voullaire his hoping his side will enjoy the occasion this weekend, “Weather dependent we definitely want to throw the ball around, get a lot of width on the ball and have a lot of fun with it and enjoy the moment. I want them to express themselves and have a lot of fun doing it this weekend,” said Voullaire.

“We have been demonstrating a bit of consistency over the past couple of weeks and we have started seeing the results, our plans slowly coming together, seeing moves starting to flow which is all around that consistency and that is what we will be aiming to deliver come Saturday,” said Voullaire.

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. “We have to keep doing what we have been doing all year, have faith in our systems and have trust in our processes. We also need to enjoy the occasion, play hard for each other and represent our club and whanau well.”

“Discipline and Defence is our key focus for us this weekend, as it has been all year, the team that makes the least mistakes will get the win,” said Francis.

Francis finished highlighting what this means for the Rotoiti Club, “For most of our players this is the biggest game in their rugby careers. Our club has been there four times before and have never won it, so this playing group have the opportunity to make history for our small humble club and community,” said Francis.

Baywide Premier 2 Competition: Semi Final

Paroa v Whakatane Marist
In one of two Baywide Premier 2 semi-finals Paroa host local rivals Whakatane Marist.

Paroa Coach Mike Smith is calling for his team to have each other’s backs this weekend, “We have to play for each other this weekend, either when defending or in support on attack,” said Smith.
“For us our key focus is performance, if each player performs to their optimum, we except the result will take care of itself. The team are very conscious of the huge support base, and want to put on a performance everyone can be proud of.”

Whakatane Marist Coach Craig Edwards commented, “Consistency is our key work on this weekend. We have been playing well the past couple of weeks, so we just need to maintain that consistency in what we are doing and keep to our structures.”

“If the weather is dry we will be looking to play a fast tempo game, we know they have a good kicking game and a good strong forward pack so we just have to get into the game early and start well,” said Edwards.

Edwards finished, “There will be a big turn out from both sides with plenty of support for both teams, it should be a great game.”

Baywide Women’s Competition: Final

Waikite v Rangataua
Waikite will host Rangataua this weekend in what’s shaping as a cracker Baywide Women’s Club Rugby Cup Final.

Waikite Captain Eliza Stephens commented, “We will be asking our girls to kick the game off with intensity, scoring tries and securing our conversions from the start.”

Stephens proudly continued highlighting what her side has achieved already, “Our focus this year was to get into the top four and to get a home semi-final, which we achieved and we are hosting a home final.”

Stephens finished, “The primary focus on Sunday is to demonstrate to our rookies what it feels like to play in a final and how important culture means to our Waikite team success over the past five years. These new-comers will one day be tasked with carrying the strong legacy built upon team culture.”

Rangataua Coach Paul Pou and his side have learnt a lot from their last encounter and hope to demonstrate an improved performance this weekend. “We learnt a lot about ourselves and about the opposition when we last played Waikite. We are asking our players to be consistent, understand their roles and make sure our defensive line stay strong. Line speed is good and accurate and we have great urgency this weekend.”

“This weekend we need to play our game plan, to win our set piece and apply lots of pressure against a much bigger team. If we want to be successful then belief is what we need and we need to follow up with what we say we are going to do,” said Pou.

Pou proudly finished, “It is our first season and we have exceeded our expectations already; the ladies have prepared very well and have trained hard just like every other team and to be here at the end is great for us going forward. We would also like to wish our Black Ferns all the best at the Women’s Rugby World Cup, but there is a job to be done here Sunday and that is our focus for now.”

Baywide Premier 1 Final:

Saturday 29 July:
Premier kick-off: 2.45pm

Mount Maunganui v Rotoiti at Blake Park

Premier 1 Development Final:

Saturday 29 July
Development kick-off: 1.00pm

Te Puna v Te Puke Sports at Maramatanga Park

Baywide Premier 2 Semi-Finals:

Saturday 22 July:
Premier kick-off: 2.45pm

Paroa v Whakatane Marist at Lawson Park
Arataki v Ngongotaha at Arataki Park

Baywide Premier 2 Semi-Finals:

Saturday 22 July:
Development kick-off: 1.00pm

Waikite v Paroa at Bellvue Road
Opotiki v Ngongotaha at Princess Street Reserve

Baywide Division 1:

Saturday 29 July:
Kick-off: 2.45pm

Te Teko v Kahukura at Dunderdale Park
Ruatoki v Papamoa at Tuhoe Park

Baywide Women’s Final:

Sunday 30 July
Kick-off: 1.00pm

Waikite v Rangataua at Bellvue Road

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  1. Mel Mel To have a premier team you have to have a development team right?, and play together week in and week out.. But now we have both teams in Semis and get separated which is crazy.. Supporters surely want to see both their teams but being in different towns is not so easy.. Why could semis and finals not be at the same grounds??????? Thursday, July 27, 2017

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