Monday, April 15, 2019
Staunch supporters lay at the core of Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Division One club rugby and you don’t get any stauncher supporters than Ruatoki and Kahukura.
Walking through either clubrooms, you get a sense of the rich history oozing from the photos lining the walls, the whakawhanaungatanga (kinship) being shared with a cold beer by the supporters who are analysing what took place on the field.
Ruatoki host Kahukura at Tiwi Black Memorial Park on Friday. Both sit just outside the top three of Division One rugby.
Kahukura go into the match as slight favourites after their impressive 52-12 win over Whakatane Marist. But Ruatoki are smarting over their narrow 19-12 loss to Waikite at the weekend.
Ruatoki will want to turn their fortune around, and there is no better place to do it, than on your home ground with your staunch supporters on the side-line.
Kahukura assistant coach Logan Norman says the team has a poor win/loss record travelling to Ruatoki.
“Ruatoki have beaten us four of the last five times we’ve travelled there.”
Norman says they will look to use the width of the field to move the homeside’s big forward pack around. Giving their backs the opportunity to use their pace out wide.
Ngongotaha, will try and keep their winning streak going, when they travel to the eastern Bay to take on Poroporo on Thursday. The visitors had an impressive 39-10 over Judea, while Poroporo lost to Reporoa 26-5.
Round five will also see Murupara hosting Marist St Michael’s, Whakatane Marist heading to Maharaia Winiata Park to take on Judea and Paroa at home to play Waikite at Lawson Park, with all games being played on Good Friday.
Papamoa will host Reporoa on Saturday at 2.45pm.
Note: no competition games for our Premier Women and the local Senior Reserve comp in Eastern and Central Bay of Plenty.
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