Monday, May 20, 2019
Te Puke Sports manager Ross Flexman may not admit it, but the signs are ominous for the final eight clubs of the Farmlands Co-operative Men’s Baywide Club Rugby competition.
The best is yet to come from Te Puke, who racked up their ninth win of the season, beating Rangiuru 50-27.
But despite the impressive score line Flexman says the team wasn’t happy with their start against Rangiuru at the weekend.
"Our discipline in the first 10 minutes wasn’t where we wanted it to be, when we let Rangiuru in for two tries. But we will go through the video of the game and work out the errors."
Flexman says it’s the belief each player has in one another that has seen the team soar this season.
"It’s just the general belief in themselves. The whole club is confident, and we’ve got a good support team right behind us. We’ve got the depth right through the development and we work together as a unit.”
While the team is stacked with Steamers players it’s also the leadership structure within the team that has helped keep the team focused. Players like co-captain Danny Underwood and Joe Johnston who work tirelessly on and off the field.
Then you have assistant coaches John Corbet and Jeff Robb who keep an eye on the bigger picture when their player/coach Matt Wallis is in the thick of the action on the field.
Flexman says he is happy with how the team is placed going in the second round. But the team is fully aware they will have to lift another notch if they want to stay out in front of the field.
In the other matches of the round; Te Teko lost 45-17 to Te Puna, Tauranga Sports beat Greerton Marist 50-14, Rangataua dominated Opotiki Sports winning 62-14, Arataki beat Rotoiti 59-19 and Whakarewarewa were too strong for Mount Maunganui winning 40-31.
The final eight for Premier One of Round Two of the Farmlands Baywide competition is; Te Puke, Te Puna, Whakarewarewa, Tauranga Sports, Greerton Marist, Rangiuru, Mount Maunganui and Rangataua.
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