Bragging rights at stake in bridge derby

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It’s the big local derby, the battle of the bridge, in the Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Club rugby competition at Blake Park on Saturday.

Mount Maunganui was spared the rigorous three games in eight days Anzac schedule because it played its third match earlier in the season.

On the other hand, Tauranga Sport is coming off two games and two losses against Te Puna and Greerton heading into Saturday’s derby.

The game will also be an Anzac tribute, with Mount Maunganui wearing a special edition Anzac jersey. A jersey will later be presented to the Mount Maunganui RSA.

Mount Maunganui Sports head coach Reuben Parkinson will be asking his players for an aggressive style of rugby for the bridge encounter, both on attack and defence.

“We see Tauranga’s fitness and mobility around the park as key strengths. So we need to maintain focus on our processes and doing these right.”

Tauranga Sports head coach Euan Mackintosh says individual errors and penalties have cost his side.

“If we want to compete against any good team in this competition we can’t give so many penalties away or make so many individual errors.”

Rangiuru are at home to Poroporo on Saturday.

Rangiuru coach Simon Rolleston is confident of a win despite the loss of a number of players.

“After a flat performance last week and a very lucky win, we are looking for more energy and physicality in all areas of our game,” says Simon. “If we can keep our shape and stick to the game plan it will give us the performance we’re looking for.”

Eddie Maui wants his Poroporo side to deliver the basics correctly.

 “Our focus will primarily be putting systems into play to get some dominance at set piece. If that works out then we can use the ball a bit and try and manipulate the defence and have a real go at the line.”

The draw for tomorrow is Rangataua v Te Puke Sports at Te Ariki Park, Whakatane Marist v Te Puna at Rugby Park, Mount Maunganui Sports v Tauranga Sports at Blake Park, Ngongotaha v Greerton Marist at Ngongotaha Domain, Arataki v Rotoiti at Arataki Park and Whakarewarewa v Paroa at Puarenga Park.

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