Friday, 07 August 2020

WHITIANGA WEATHER

MB Senior A rugby team eyeing a home semi-final

Dwayne Mansell, coach of the Mercury Bay Senior A rugby team, says they are very pleased with their 17 - 10 victory over Hauraki North at Lyon Park in Whitianga on Saturday last week. With four wins out of four games, Hauraki North was top of the table going into the clash. Mercury Bay took to the field third on the table after losing against the Te Aroha Cobras the week before last.

“With a shortened season made up of only seven games, every game counts,” says Dwayne. “Hauraki North is always a tough challenge and Saturday’s game was very physical. Our defence was outstanding in the first 10 minutes and that laid the foundation for us ultimately taking the win. I want to thank the large crowd who came out to support us, it was great to come out on top in front of all of them.

“Our eyes are definitely on a home semi-final. Our next game is in Te Aroha against Waihou, who are in fifth place on the table at the moment, while second placed Hauraki North will have a home game against the Cobras, who are sitting in the top spot. A win against Waihou should see us move into second place.

“Our last game of the season is against Paeroa, who are in last place on the table after losing against Waihi Athletic on Saturday.”

Mercury Bay’s two tries against Hauraki North were scored by left wing, Charlie Best, and centre, Dane Mathew. Second five eight, Jayden Tegg, converted both tries and also kicked a penalty.

The Mercury Bay Senior B team had a bye on Saturday. They are sitting in fifth spot on the table at the moment. The top two spots are occupied by Tairua and Coromandel Town. Neither of these two clubs have fielded teams in the Senior A competition this year.

Pictured: Mercury Bay Senior A fullback, Fraser Robinson, fending off a Hauraki North defender on Saturday.

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