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Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Club Rugby Preview 14.07.18

Thursday, July 12, 2018
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Farmlands Co-operative enters the final round this weekend for the Premier, Premier 2 and Division 1 competitions. Quarter finals and semi-finals take for the Premier Women’s and Division 2 competition kick off the play off fixtures this weekend.

Farmlands Co-operative Premier 1:

Te Puke Sports have locked in first place (29) and with a home game against sixth place Greerton Marist (12) they should extend their lead at the top of the table. Second place Te Puna (21) host eighth place Rotoiti. Ironically, when these two teams met in week one of the first round, they played out a 21 all draw. Where this table gets testy is fourth – sixth places. Third placed Tauranga Sports (20) host 5th placed Whakarewarewa (15) and fourth placed Mount Maunganui (15) host seventh place Rangataua (10).

Tauranga Sports Head Coach Euan Macintosh comments, “This weekend’s focus is on improving from last weekend’s performance and trying to secure our position in the top four. We really want to see the boys show better game management based on score line and the clock.”

Macintosh finished, “We believe we have the potential to put together an all-round performance if we can keep build on last week’s effort. Our focus will be first and foremost on winning. After that if we can build on the areas we have identified as our current weaknesses we will be happy.”

Whakarewarewa head coach Peter Smith comments, “It is do or die now, there are no excuses”. “We know we have to get a win and a bonus point. But on top of that we have got to deny them of scoring. So there is quite a lot on the line. For our boys though I am going to let them attack, you can’t rely on just winning the game or trying to be safe so we just have to go all out and put 100% on attack. Hopefully we can defend and keep them under where they need to get as well. Playing as a collective has been our biggest improvement.

“The boys have started to play for each other and having that belief and confidence has gone a long way. The boys have started to build as a collective and build as a team and if we are to come through to the semi-final it will be due to the fact that we have played as a collective unit again this Saturday,” concluded Smith.

With four teams still fighting for a top four spot, this competition is still wide open.

Farmlands Co-operative Premier 2:

This competition is tighter than a Scotsman’s wallet. Te Teko sits on top of the table with twenty points. Opotiki are one point adrift in second place, one point behind them is Rangiuru in third place and two behind them on eighteen is Ngongotaha. That’s four points between first and fourth and six to fifth placed Arataki.

This weekend’s matches have all sorts of permutations. Te Teko host sixth place Marist St Michaels and Opotiki travel to rivals and eighth placed Whakatane Marist. For both home teams, a bonus point win will secure them home semi-finals. Anything less and their fate rests with the rugby gods, given the closeness of this competition. Third placed Rangiuru host seventh placed Waikite. The match of the round is fourth placed Ngongotaha who travel to take on 5th place Arataki, who only 2 points back on 16 points could snatch fourth spot out from Ngongotaha’s feet if they stumble at the final hurdle.

Ngongotaha head coach Jodie Wharekura comments, “Saturday’s game is big for the club. The past 5 weeks have seen us acquire more injuries than you would ever want to wish on any team, so just being able to field a team fit and ready to play will be the number one focus. To their credit, the guys coming up from the Development side to fill in for the Premier Squad have always given 100% and whilst at times we have struggled to shut out the close losses simply through lack of experience, I cannot question the desire and application to perform.”

“Staying composed and making good decisions under pressure will play a big role in the result. As a coach, I’d like to think that I can motivate the squad to lift for this final round robin game. Training this week will be low key as far as contact goes and we will be looking to bring some fun into what has been a very trying 2018 Baywide campaign. We have a lot of bruised and battered bodies but Ngongotaha will front to give all that we have and as a coach that's all I can ask of my team. If it ain’t good enough then so be it. I wish Arataki all the very best for the clash,” finished Wharekura.

Farmlands Co-operative Division 1:

The Division 1 table is just as congested as the other two, with five teams all fighting for a top four finish.

Ruatoki sit comfortably on top with 29 points and are guaranteed a home semi-final. 6 points adrift in second place sits Kahukura and seven points back on 16 points equal are Murupara (3rd), Judea (4th) and thanks to last night’s victory by Paroa over their neighbours Poroporo 23-18 (5th).

Four points back on ten points in sixth equal place Papamoa and Poroporo and bringing up the tail in eight places is Waimana on five points.

This weekend’s matches just add spice to the already cluttered platter. First place Ruatoki travel to third placed Murupara and second placed Kahukura head to fifth placed Judea for their game and lastly, Papamoa pop down SH2 to take on Poroporo which will decide who beat who, should these two teams end up on the same points as they currently sit.

Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Premier 1 Club Rugby Draw:

Saturday 14 July
Premier Kick-off: 2.45pm
Development Kick-off: 1.00pm

Tauranga Sports v Whakarewarewa at Tauranga Domain
Te Puke v Greerton at Murray Salt Stadium
Te Puna v Rotoiti at Maramatanga Park
Mount v Rangataua at Blake Park

Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Premier 2 Club Rugby Draw:

Saturday 14 July
Premier Kick-off: 2.45pm
Development Kick-off: 1.00pm

Te Teko v Marist St Michael’s at Dunderdale Park
Rangiuru v Waikite at Centennial Park
Arataki v Ngongotaha at Arataki Park
Whakatane Marist v Opotiki at Rugby Park

Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Division One Club Rugby Draw:

Tuesday 10 July
Kick-off: 7.00pm

Poroporo v Paroa at Poroporo Park

Saturday 14 July
Kick-off: 2.45pm

Waimana v Paroa at Waimana Domain
Judea v Kahukura at Maharaia Winiata Park
Murupara v Ruatoki at Ngatimanawa Park
Poroporo v Papamoa at Poroporo Park

Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Division Two Club Rugby Draw:

Saturday 14 July
Kick-off: 2.30pm
Semi Finals

Reporoa v Matata at Reporoa
Katikati v Edgecumbe at Moore Park

Baywide Premier Women’s Draw:

Sunday 15 July
Kick-off: 1.00pm
Quarter Finals

Whakarewarewa v Rotoiti at Puarenga Park
Waikite v Waimana at Bellvue Road

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