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CLUB RUGBY Wrap – 4th July

Round 3 of Senior Club Rugby in the Thames Valley saw some high scoring results across both grades, with a slightly dryer environment around the region allowing teams to display their skills & play with a bit more freedom, as well as a much more pleasant experience for our avid Club Rugby Supporters.

The match of the week saw Whangamata taking on Mercury Bay at home in front of a large local crowd and the filming of Sky Sports Grassroots Rugby (you can watch this at 7.00pm this Thursday on Sky Sport 1) Mercury Bay shot out to a 22-0 lead at half-time, with the backs running some great lines and the forwards holding the ball for several phases against a physical Whangamata defence. However, the Red & White home crowd , great impact from the bench and poor discipline from Mercury Bay kept Whangamata in then match. Experienced player/coach Tui Hall & Hayden Newman lead the comeback charge, however it was too late falling short of a clinical Mercury Bay side 27-20. Young Number 8 Trinity McQueen and Fullback Fraser Robinson were standouts for Mercury Bay.

COBRAS were coming off a hard fought loss last week and were always going to come back stronger this week. Lolo Ulakai, young 18 year old Shakahn Tokona, Dylan Robinson, Ben Stephens, Apitanga Taotala and Lachie McLaren all crossed the line against their Paeroa opposition, getting their season back on track with a 41-15 victory.

A total of 10 tries were scored at Waihi Athletic Rugby Club on the weekend but unfortunately the home side couldn’t chalk up their first victory of their 2020 campaign going down to Hauraki North 52 – 20. It should also be noted that there were a number of NZ Rugby legends on the sideline, including Wayne Smith, John Kirwan and Gary Whetton—what a fantastic occasion to have these people watching OUR Grassroots Rugby.

A high scoring affair took place at Boyd Park on Saturday with Waihou hosting Thames. The home side were in an attacking mood with 7 different try scorers getting their name on the scoresheet (Adam Hallet, Darren Howse, Sam Van der Valt, Matt McCahon, Rhys Manning, Craig Howley and Rob Longstaff were the try scorers & Ryan Waite kicked 15 points off the boot) Thames never gave up, with Jarrod Goodall scoring 18 points on his own for Thames. Waihou were to good, taking the win 45-28. Hauraki North Senior B’s resumed on their winning form beating neighbouring club Thames 45-17.

Tairua (pictured) continue to be leading the way holding COBRAS to a ‘duck egg’ 57-0. And finally, Coromandel are proving they are on the right path to making a finals birth beating Mercury Bay 60-0.

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