Sunday, April 14, 2019
Getting stuck in first gear appears to be Whakarewarewa’s trait for the 2019 season of the Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Club Rugby Championship.
For the second week in a row the Red and Blacks had a slow start to their match, when they hosted Tauranga Sports at Puarenga Park at the weekend.
Both sides matched up evenly in the forwards, but it was Tauranga Sports speed in the backline which was the point of difference in their 42-25 win over Whaka.
Whakarewarewa coach Boxer Smith will be giving the tackling backs a real work out this week with the amount of missed tackles his side tallied up in Saturday’s game.
It was Whaka’s error rate that helped Tauranga race to a 21-point head-start, scoring at almost a point a minute early in the match. Smith must be marking the days off in his calendar when he will have the likes of Kelly Haimona returning from Police College to give his backline the much-needed guidance it is currently lacking.
Te Puke Sports continue to maintain their lead on the championship with an impressive 40-27 win over Rangataua.
In an another blown out score card, Te Puna were too strong for Rotoiti at Emery Park. The host team were within striking distance of Te Puna nearing the end of the first half when Wayne Ormond was red-carded making the match a mission impossible for the lakesiders losing 48-13.
In the other matches of the round Mount Maunganui narrowly beat Greerton Marist 30-27, Te Teko came away with a tight win over Arataki 31-28 and Rangiuru were too strong for Opotiki 45-15.
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