Semi final spots up for grabs in club rugby

Greerton Marist are taking on Te Puke on Saturday. Photo: BOP Rugby Facebook.

In this stage of the Farmlands Co-operative Baywide premier championship, five teams are in contention for a semi-finals sport.

Only five points separate first and fifth spot, as Te Puna, Tauranga Sports, Greerton Marist, Mount Maunganui Sports and Te Puke Sports are all within striking distance of securing a home semi-final.

The two must see matches this weekend are Te Puke hosting the Mount at Murray Salt Stadium and Greerton Marist who are taking on Te Puna at Maramatanga Park.

Te Puna currently sit at the top of the points table, however Greerton Marist coach Kane Parker is a great tactician, and he will have analysed his oppositions weaknesses and come up with a plan for his men to create enough pressure to open up opportunities.

However, Aidan Kuka is no slouch either and they have a lot to play for. Te Puna celebrated 100 years this year, and what better way to honour the occasion than to play the at Maramatanga Park.

Not too many things faze Te Puke coach Matt Wallis, even with his side suffering two losses in the second round. You wouldn’t blame him if he started to push the panic button, however Matt is not that type of coach, his philosophy is simple ‘trust in the systems you’ve put in place and believe’.

Mount Maunganui coach Reuben Parkinson knows full well he will have a battle on his hands this Saturday, but he has a talented team who have the skills and the ability to keep themselves in the top four.

Rangiuru are a side who can beat any team on their day, making it a dangerous equation for Tauranga Sports who want to stay in the top two guaranteeing them a home semi-final match.

Unfortunately for Whakarewarewa and Rangataua, both sides are playing for pride now with no chance of making it any further in the competition.

Development matches kick off at 1.00pm and Premier Matches at 2.45pm.

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