Rugby competition heating up
When you get a competition where every team has a realistic chance of beating all the other teams on any given day, you know you are in for a bit of a cliffhanger season.
This is the scenario that is unfolding in the Wadsco Motorworld local Premier competition - which is also acting as the first round of the NPD Tasman-wide competition.
Just when I thought I was getting a handle on what team was going to be the early favourite, last weekend’s surprising results smashed that notion, making these matches being played at present harder to pick than the last race at Waterlea.
Renwick may have been heavy favourites going into their match against East Coast but they ended up being well beaten by the Coasters in a match that will give the southern side a massive shot of confidence heading into the semifinals.
East Coast is a proud, gutsy and modest club who always punch above their weight and its awesome to see them getting some reward for all the hard work their players, coaches and administrators are putting in.
I really like the look of their former Fijian international halfback Nemia Ranuku, who has played professionally in Europe recently - he is like the conductor of the orchestra which is clearly in good tune.
Add to Ranuku the likes of hard working and skillful forwards Sam Huston and Billy Collins and they are hard to beat.
Renwick will be OK this season and the defeat on the weekend might actually be a good thing in the long run.
They will learn more from that match than a victory and will come back strong. I really like the look of Renwick midfielder Mike Vaeno who is a big, strong ball carrier.
Central have been agonisingly close in all their four matches this season - collecting four bonus point losses.
They are now out of semis contention, which will be a bitter pill to swallow as they are a good team who just haven’t managed to get in at the right time.
I’m sure all the other teams will be glad to see the back of them and it will be fascinating to see how the standing stack up after the last round robin games coming up this weekend.
Lastly a big shout out to the Marlborough Boys College First XV who started their UC 1st XV competition with a good win against Mid Canterbury Schools in Blenheim on the weekend.
As I’ve previously stated, I’ve got a real soft spot for the MBC team having coached them before my time with the Tasman Mako.
With Gray Cornelius at the helm again this season they will again be well organised and prepared to tackle all the big Rugby schools in this competition.
East Coast have been putting in some impressive performances in Premier Rugby so far this season (file pic).