Wednesday, June 21, 2017
This round of the Bethlehem Coachlines Championship is a battle of between the local rivals.
John Paul College hosts Rotorua Boys’ High School 2nd XV in what is likely to be a playoff for a semi-final spot. After a 28 to 8 loss against Western Heights High School last week this will be the last chance for the Raukura Boys to assert themselves in the Central Bay of Plenty local derby. Under Coach Kieran Botha the team has not been able to string consistent performances together to cement their spot in the top four which makes the match against John Paul College a critical step on their path to a semi-final spot.
John Paul College is again causing upsets in the first division. Scoring 18 points against the first round champions Te Whare Kura o Mauao and a convincing win over Trident High School the Steve Orr lead team continues to improve with each match. Taking on the first round winners with an under strength team show the depth the John Paul College team has.
The pre-season fitness sessions are now paying off allowing the team to be able to match and beat bigger opposition by playing a fast and expansive style of play which most teams struggle to match for the full 70 minutes.
It will be the match of the round and will determine who makes the top four.
In Tauranga, Aquinas College goes head to head with Bethlehem College. With Bethlehem College taking the first round honours the Aquinas College boys will be eager to take the bragging rights in the championship round.
With two experienced coaching teams the match will be uncompromising and tough. With young teams it will be the team that sticks to their own game plan and shape who will come out on top.
Western Heights High School will play Opotiki College in a defence of the Te Kani Shield. Although Opotiki College are at the bottom of the table they have always been a team able to upset Western Heights when the Te Kani Shield is up for grabs.
Trident High School will also face a massive challenge in travelling to Tauranga to take on the dominating Te Whare Kura o Mauao boys. Both teams love to play expansive rugby but Trident High School has struggled to follow their coach’s game plan. In their loss to John Paul College Trident High School won the second half by following the game strategy but the lead by John Paul College was just too big a hurdle to get over.
Te Whare Kura o Mauao on the other hand are playing an impressive mix of attack from anywhere rugby combined to solid defensive structure and a targeted kicking plan. It is an exciting style of rugby which complements their instinctive attacking flair.
Bethlehem Coachlines Baywide Secondary Schools Draw:
12.00pm Kick off
Rotorua Boys' High School II v John Paul College
Trident High School v Te Whare Kura o Mauao
Opotiki College v Western Heights High School
Aquinas College v Bethlehem College
12.00pm Kick off:
Otumoetai College vs Rotorua Boys' High School III
Tauranga Boys College III vs Taupo Nui A Tia
Whakatane High School vs Te Puke High School
Tauhara College vs Papamoa College
12.00pm Kick off
Reporoa/John Paul College vs Rotorua Lakes High School
Rotorua Boys’ High School U15A vs Mount Maunganui College
Tarawera College - Bye
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