Val­ley teams go to Te Kuiti

Hauraki Herald - - SPORT -

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.

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