Wednesday, May 29, 2019
They maybe on the opposite sides of the field but Te Puke and Whakarewarewa premier coaches will take the same perspectives when their two teams clash this weekend.
For Te Puke player/coach Matt Wallis it’s a hiccup and not a time for panic, trust in the systems they’ve put in place and believe.
But for Whakarewarewa coach Peter (Boxer) Smith a second loss in Round two of the Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Rugby Competition, could see his side struggle to make the play offs. Like Wallis he too doesn’t see a need to panic and have faith in each other, but Smith is a realist as well. He knows it’s ‘do or die’ match for his team.
Both teams had several key players out last weekend, with Matt being one of those out injured. But both coaches weren’t making excuses for their loss.
“Tauranga played well and you have to give them credit for lifting. But it’s not a time to panic and get upset. It’s a hick up. It’s probably put a few egos in check. Our young players have taken a lot from that loss,” Wallis says.
Smith assessment was simple, his team lacked energy when they lost to Greerton Marist at the weekend.
“We just didn’t capitalise on things we should of. It was a close game but good on Greerton, they did their homework obviously. It was just one of those days,” Smith says.
Both coaches are under no illusions this weekend’s match will be a tough battle.
“Whaka are a physical team with a bit of flare on the outside. So we’ve got to keep our defence tight, get up and put pressure on them, and we’ve got to attack it with a team like that. They think quite staunchly and we have to just hold onto the ball,” Wallis says.
Smith says, “It’s going to be brutal out there because if you lose your first two games, it’s going to be a hard road home. You’ve got to be building momentum now. Te Puke don’t give you many opportunities, so you have to put them under pressure and when the opportunity arises take it.”
In the other matches in the round; Mount Maunganui are at home to Tauranga Sports, Te Puna host Rangataua, Rangiuru are on the road to Greerton Marist, Te Puke host Whakarewarewa
In the Premier two draw; Te Teko host Ruatoki, Waikite host Marist St Michaels, Ngongotaha will travel to play Arataki and Opotiki host Kahukura.
The Te Ohomai Baywide Women’s Competition takes a break this week.
Development matches kick off at 1pm and Premier Matches at 2.45pm
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