Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Following a mix of results over the Easter period and rescheduling of a number of fixtures normality will be restored for this weekend’s competition round.
Whakatane Marist v Rotoiti
Rotoiti in third position will travel to Whakatane to be hosted by Whakatane Marist in twelfth who will be hoping to record their first win of the season.
Whakatane Marist Head Coach Craig Edwards commented, “This weekend we will be aiming to go the full eighty minutes, the boys have been going alright for the first sixty minutes but then fall away at the end.”
“We are focusing on ourselves at the moment; trying to get our game plans going and getting our calls right first then hopefully things will flow on from there,” said Edwards.
Edwards made mention of the disruption to training’s but the team are eager to get back into the swing of things, “a couple of our boys were affected by the floods and we haven’t trained for two weeks but hopefully we can have some decent trainings this week and pull things together.”
Rotoiti Co-Coach Richard Francis commented on behalf of his coaching management. “We are taking this game seriously, every game is a big game for us and no team in this competition is to be taken lightly,” said Francis.
Francis highlighted discipline was a key area for his side to continue to work on. “Our Discipline will continue to be our main focus as we have done over the last weeks. Discipline in all facets of the game.”
Francis acknowledges two key players’ whose leadership will be relied upon for his team to successfully perform this weekend.
“Our main strike players are our Lock and Captain Baden Wardlaw who inspires from the front and our vice-captain Whakataki Cunningham who directs from the back, both are great leaders for our team and their influence will be once again important this weekend.”
Ngongotaha v Waikite
In a Central Bay of Plenty derby match, an inform Ngongotaha side sitting first on table will be looking to show their continued form when hosting local rivals Waikite.
Ngongotaha Head Coach Jodie Wharekura was unavailable for comment due to work commitments; however team manager Jared Grace highlighted the management’s focus for their side this weekend.
“A key focus area for us at the moment is continuity of play. The guys have been playing well in patches but we haven’t been able to link a series of phases together successfully when we try to initiate positive play. Continuity of play has been our focus over the last couple of weeks and this weekend we are hoping take it one step further this weekend when we face Waikite,” said Grace.
Grace further highlighted, “Waikite are the team we gage ourselves on. Moving forward we know if we play well against them and match their physicality we will be in good stead in the coming weeks. It will be a match to test us in different facets and aspects of where we are at when we face our old foes Waikite.”
Looking ahead to their competition this Saturday Grace acknowledges the quality of his team’s opposition, “We know Waikite are very strong with ball in hand, we will be looking at slowing down and choking their supply through our forwards. If we have dominant tackles and support at the break down we should be able to starve them of their possession and prevent them from utilising their strong ball carrying ability.”
This year Kevin Lee takes the helm from Carl Marsters for the Waikite Division 1 side.
Lee commented, “Looking ahead to this weekend we need to continue to gain a better understanding of our game and demonstrate an improvement in this area from week to week.”
Lee further highlighted the importance of his teams’ focus. “An area of our game we will be looking focus on will be ensuring we create and take opportunities where we can. This and players playing their individual roles will be crucial to our teams performance.”
Saturday 22 April:
Premier kick-off: 2.45pm
Development kick-off: 1.00pm
Poroporo v Rangataua at Poroporo Park
Mount Maunganui Sports v Greerton Marist at Blake Park
Whakatane Marist v Rotoiti at Rugby Park
Paroa v Whakarewarewa at Lawson Park
Tauranga Sports v Te Puna at Tauranga Domain
Arataki v Te Puke Sports at Arataki Park
Saturday 22 April:
Ruatoki v Judea at Tuhoe Park
Marist St Michael’s v Rangiuru at Marist Park
Kahukura v Katikati at Kuirau Park
Te Teko v Opotiki at Dunderdale Park
Waimana v Papamoa at Waimana Domain
Ngongotaha v Waikite at Ngongotaha Domain
For the 2017 Baywide Premier Club Rugby draw and weekly results click here.