Valley teams go to Te Kuiti
This Saturday is Centurions Cup Day in Te Kuiti and that means that every representative team that is available will play its King Country counterpart in this annual clash that has become a permanent fixture on the New Zealand rugby calendar.
Heartland, Development, Under 18, Under 16 and Roller Mills teams will be converging on Rugby Park for this massive day of rugby.
The Thames Valley team has to build on the result they achieved last week.
With four weeks of the competition gone already, they need to keep winning in order to reach the play-offs in a good position but having made the Lochore Cup final in each of the last two years, King Country know what it takes to step up and that experience will be invaluable going into this game.
King Country has had a mixed start to the year with a one win, three loss record so far and sit on eight points, four behind Thames Valley. The teams drew in the corresponding fixture last year in Te Aroha and King Country notched up a 47-12 win Taupo the year before.
The Development Team is the main curtainraiser and their game starts at 12.30pm. Coach Peter O’Connor will have a full squad to pick from including three or four of the wider Heartland squad. Thames Valley hasn’t beaten the King Country Development for a number of years in the Stan Meads Cup competition.
The Under 18s play at 12.30pm on No.2 preceded by the Under 16s at 11am. The Roller Mills are on No.1 at 11am.