BOP women’s rugby off to an exciting start

Rangataua and Rangiuru players in last years’ women’s club final.

Whakarewarewa and Rangiuru will both be ruing missed opportunities after their round one clash in the Baywide Women’s Club Rugby Championship.

Both sides get to share competition points after their 20-20 draw at Puarenga Park on Saturday.

Rangiuru hooker Kendra Reynolds says both teams looked rusty throughout the match, leading to undue pressure, panic and a failure to execute their game plans effectively.

Leading 20-15, Rangiuru looked to have the game all sown up leading 20-15, however with only five minutes left on the clock, Whakarewarewa found the try line.

Ill-discipline around the rucks saw the visitors penalised several times leading to Whakarewarewa driving the visitors back to their own line and the home side leveling the score. Unfortunately, Whakarewarewa must have left their kicking boots in the changing room and they failed to convert the try.

In the other two matches of the round, Mount Maunganui got off to the perfect start to their Baywide campaign with an impressive 65-0 win over Matata.

Rangataua will also be pleased to have a tick in the win column, beating Rotoiti at Emery Park 55-12.

The Women’s Premier Division will take a break this weekend.

Click here for full competition results and draws.


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