Te Teko top of premier two

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THREE weeks into the second round of the Baywide rugby competition Te Teko is leading the premier two grade with 14 points equal with Marist St Michael’s but ahead on points differential.

Round two has seen Te Teko beat Kahukura 58-19, Ruatoki 43-28 and Arataki 21-5 last Saturday away.

Opotiki Sports is in fourth place in premier two with seven points having lost against Marist St Michaels 33-27, beaten Kahukura 38-10 and lost on Saturday against Waikite 30-12.

The third Eastern Bay club in the premier two division is Ruatoki which currently sits in seventh place. The 2018 division one champions had a rough start with a one-point loss to Arataki 23-24, a 43-28 loss to Te Teko and a 66-24 loss to Marist St Michaels.

Te Teko premier coach Anthony Studer said it’s been good to string a few wins together and they are looking forward to a full-strength side this weekend.

“We’re not getting to far ahead of ourselves at this stage and our priority is keeping the standards high in this second round.”

With success breeding success, Te Teko numbers are good for both teams, with plenty of competition from the bench keeping players honest.

Studer said he was thankful for the support of “our small community with the numbers and also the support at both home and away.”

Giving the younger players experience was still high on Studer’s priorities which they were able to do in the first two games when assured of wins.

Te Teko’s premier development team is also having a good second round with three from three in the second round. Te Teko’s development side is second in the standings on equal points with leader Ngongataha and just two points behind is the Opotiki development team which is also unbeaten. Ruatoki development has had one loss and two wins.

With another four weeks of the second round to play, there’s no let-up for the Eastern Bay teams.

This weekend, Te Teko premier and development sides hosts Opotiki at home at Dunderdale Park and Ruatoki’s teams travel away to play Kahukura.

In division one, the third tier of teams from 17 to 24, Paroa is faring the best and is second on the standings after the first three rounds. Paros has had three wins, followed by Murupara in third with two wins and a loss and Whakatane Marist with one win and two losses. Only a few points separate fourth to seventh on the table where Poroporo is currently sitting.

In division two, the reconfigured draw after Eastern Pirates pulled out sees the Eastern Bay teams at third to sixth with Edgecumbe the best placed.
Semi-finals for all grades will be held on July 13 and finals the following weekend on July 20.

Results from Baywide rugby on Saturday, June 8 as follows:

Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Premier 1:
Te Puke Sports 20 vs Te Puna 18; Greerton Marist 34 vs Tauranga Sports 27; Rangiuru 25 vs Whakarewarewa 26; Mount Maunganui Sports 59 vs Rangataua 18.

Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Premier 1 Development:
Te Puke Sports 7 vs Te Puna 57; Greerton Marist 10 vs Tauranga Sports 14; Rangiuru 40 vs Whakarewarewa 12; Mount Maunganui Sports 11 vs Rangataua 26.

Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Premier 2:
Arataki 5 vs Te Teko 25; Waikite 30 vs Opotiki 12; Ngongotaha 22 vs Kahukura 16; Ruatoki 24 vs Marist St Michaels 66.

Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Premier 2 Development:
Arataki 15 vs Te Teko 34; Waikite 15 vs Opotiki 30; Ngongotaha 80 vs Kahukura 10; Ruatoki 17 vs Marist St Michaels 20.

Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Division 1:
Whakatane Marist 15 vs Judea 34; Reporoa 10 vs Paroa 18; Papamoa 21 vs Rotoiti 55; Murupara 46 vs Poroporo 10.

Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Division 2:
Katikati 38 vs Eastern Districts 20; Matata vs Waimana (win by default); Edgecumbe 34 vs Galatea/Waiohau 12.

Farmlands Co-operative Senior Reserves:
Te Puna 48 vs Greerton Marist 13; Matakana 40 vs Ngongotaha 38; Tauranga Sports – bye.

Toi Ohomai Baywide Women’s Club Rugby results June 9:
Rangataua 51 vs Whakarewarewa 10; Rotoiti 17 vs Mount Maunganui Sports 41; Waiman (win by default) vs Matata; Rangiuru – bye.

tania.humberstone@thebeacon.co.nz

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