Excitement builds for semifinals
The Wadsco Motorworld semifinal seedings are all locked in and we’re ready for some enthralling action at rugby headquarters (Lansdowne Park) this weekend.
Waitohi play Moutere and Renwick tackle East Coast to try and book a place in the sub union grand final on Queen’s Birthday weekend.
In the first semi at 1.15pm, Waitohi, who finished the round robin in second place, draw swords against Moutere the third qualifiers.
Waitohi will be buoyed by a good victory over East Coast last weekend in which they came home in the second half with a wet sail.
Key players such as hooker Ray Nuia and inside back Tim O’Malley stamped their mark on last week’s game and will have to do so again when they play the Magpies if Waitohi are to take home the spoils.
Moutere have a number of big game players in their outfit that form a useful spine, these players such as Vernon Fredericks, Ben Finau and Mike Curry tend to step up in big matches so they will be more than competitive against Waitohi.
In semifinals it’s the team that makes the most of their scoring opportunities that normally prevail so things like goal kicking could be the difference in this match.
If you look at the points table going into this match you would predict a comfortable win to Renwick, but I think this match will be just as tight as the early semi. Some clubs have bogey teams and I get a sense that East Coast have the tools to threaten Renwick.
The Coasters are the only team to knock over the Green Machine this season and if they can hold it together for 80 minutes an upset is on the cards. Renwick need to keep possession against the Coasters and be patient because if they give the ball away then they might not get it back much as East Coast are very good at keeping hold of the ball and are nice and commit- ted at the breakdown.
Again, the result of this game could come down to luck, the bounce of the ball or who kicks their goals.
One thing is for sure, all the teams in the Wadsco Motorworld semifinals have great fans who will invade Lansdowne Park on Saturday. It’s awesome to see all the club colours and listen to the goodwilled banter on such a day. It’s days like this that make community grassroots rugby so special.
Moutere will be hoping for a big performance from half back, Ben Finau in their semifinal against Waitohi (file photo).