Monday, May 13, 2019
Rugby can be a fickle game, especially when it comes to the Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Club Rugby.
Three weeks ago, most rugby pundits would be thinking Whakarewarewa’s season was on a slippery slope with the side on a three-game losing streak.
But in two short weeks, the side has bounced back, racking up 112 points on their opponents, while only conceding 26 points. Their recent outing was an impressive 57-19 win over Rangiuru.
Things appear to be clicking for Whaka, their front row has found its mojo and the backline finally has some cohesion.
However, Whakarewarewa coach Boxer Smith didn’t come down in this weekend’s showers and has been in enough Baywide competitions to know that your team is only as good as your next performance.
The real litmus test is a side that has yet to be really tested this season. A side who didn’t even lace up their boots after Rotoiti defaulted at the weekend. Te Puke’s scoring average is a smidge under 50 with the side only yielding 79 points in the season so far.
Te Puke coach Matt Wallis sets a high standard for his side and while he’ll appreciate being able to rest his side. He will know that complacency is the last hurdle standing between any team and its potential greatness.
In the other matches of the round; Te Puna beat Rangataua 94-3, Opotiki lost to Tauranga Sports 62-7, Greerton Marist beat Te Teko 81-21 and Arataki narrowly beat Mount Maunganui 35-32.
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