Richmond aims for cup
Richmond rugby league coach John Teina can see the benefits of his team missing out on the Fox Memorial competition.
Last year’s Fox semi-finalists have a good chance of taking out the second-tier Sharman Cup, after losing several experienced players to other clubs at the start of the season.
“I know a lot of the local supporters are disappointed about not playing in the Fox this year,” Teina says.
“But it’s been a good learning experience for the young guys and they’ve responded really well.”
Teina is confident his side can step up against Pakuranga in their semi-final on
Grey Lynn Saturday Park.
“It’s a sand-based ground and has stood up well in wet weather,” he says. “It’s a bit of a lottery if it’s a mud bath.”
If they come away with the win, Richmond will face either Howick or Manurewa in the Sharman Cup final.
On Saturday, Manurewa defeated Ponsonby 44-16 to progress to the semis, while Pakuranga overcame Bay Roskill 32-27.
A 20-10 win by Marist over Glenora will see them taking on Otahuhu in a Fox Memorial semifinal at Bert Henham Park on Saturday. In the other semifinal, Mt Albert host East Coast Bays at Fowlds Park. Matches start at 2.30pm.