Club Rugby Results


     Silcock Shield - Third round scores  12-4-2014

Whangamata 5  v  Cobras 89            

Waihi 91          v  Ngatea 3            

Paeroa West 22   v  Thames 27           

Waihou 19          v  Hauraki North 21  

Mercury Bay 25   v Tairua 20             


Club Rugby Report for 5-April-2014


Round 2 of the Thames Valley Senior A club competition saw Mercury Bay and Hauraki North getting their first wins of the season while Cobras, Thames and Waihou all remain unbeaten. Of the others, Ngatea, Paeroa West and Whangamata are yet to register on the points table.

 With only the top six teams progressing to the championship round, the pressure will be coming on as teams battle to make the cut.

A good example of this occurred in Te Aroha where Cobras faced an in form Waihi side that had beaten the current champions, Hauraki North in the previous week. Neither side disappointed with Cobras building a 14-0 lead only to see Waihi close it up at 14 all, with quarter of an hour to go.

The home side scored three more tries to Waihi’s one, taking the game 31-19. A strong showing from the home pack and depth on the bench were key factors in the victory.

 Paeroa West played host to Mercury Bay and had the upper hand on the scoreboard with a few minutes left to play before a lapse in concentration on defence allowed the visitors to score a try to Connor McVerry and a penalty to Beau Hamilton, securing a 25-17 win for the Bay.

The loss means West is winless after two rounds and in need of some points soon.

 Ngatea made the short trip to Thames but the locals were on top of their game and posted a 60 point win. Fullback Tukawhena Pere scored a hat trick of tries as Thames had their best win at Rhodes Park in a couple of years.

 Up the coast, Tairua made sure Waihou got no favours, with a vigorous forward pack and some sharp looking backs. Last year Tairua only lost to one team other than Hauraki North and that team was Waihou so the home side was determined that wouldn’t happen again. Josh Law scored a cracking try for the Blue and Whites and his fellow backs looked as though they might cut loose anytime. However Waihou was just as determined, going on to dominate both set piece and broken play, scoring four tries in a 27-7 win in what was a game of good intensity for this time of year.

 Hauraki North met Whangamata at Waitakaruru on Friday night with both sides looking for their first win. Played in perfect conditions, with no dew noticeable, both sides managed to put on an appalling display of handling as dropped passes frustrated coaches and onlookers alike. Whangamata battled away manfully trailing by 17-0 at the break. Following a bright start to the second half, one of the Whangamata backs made a nice break, opening up the North defence and with only one man to beat and an unmarked team mate outside him who only had to catch the ball and the try was his, the ball carrier tried to go on his own, got caught and a certain seven points went begging. That was story of Whangamata’s night. Capable enough but poor decisions cost them dearly. North was tidy enough, sticking to the basics and went on to win 43-0.

The Senior B competition started on the weekend, with a full round of games that saw the return of some teams missing from last year.

Neither Thames nor Coromandel had teams in the Senior B grade last year so it was a welcome sight to have them facing each other in the season opener at Coromandel. In a close contest, Coromandel won 27-24.

In another local derby Ngatea were at home to Hauraki North, going down 32-10.There were also wins for Paeroa Old Boys and Waihi Athletic, who thumped COBRAS 48-3 at Boyd Park in Te Aroha.

 Hauraki North Under 19’s drew 17 all with Drury.


There will be no Senior Club Rugby over Easter Weekend

Have a safe and happy Easter break. All club sides get the chance to regroup and recover from injuries to players as we enjoy the Easter Holiday. 

Competition rugby recommences on Saturday 26 April with a full round of games in Senior A and Senior B.


Coach Development Workshops 2014

This year there will be a series of coach development workshops early in the season to assist our senior club and secondary school coaches in their development.
click here for more information. 


Rugby Smart 2014
ALL coaches and assistant coaches who are involved with teams from Secondary School rugby (4th Grade in the Thames Valley RU) upwards are required to attend the RUGBY SMART presentation prior to the beginning of their teams season every season. NZRU policy makes this course compulsory for all Coaches and Assistant Coaches. It is also recommended that team Managers attend as well.
For coaches who are coaching at 5th grade and below – you will be qualified with Rugby Smart principles by attending a Small Blacks Beginning, Learning or Playing Rugby Module. 

2014 Senior Club Rugbysmart Course dates / venues
All Courses start at 7pm
Monday 3rd March - Waihi Athletic RFC
Monday 10th March - Tairua RFC
Monday 24th March - Cobras
Wednesday 26th March - Thames RFC

All Senior Club Coaches and assistant coaches are required to attend. It is highly recommended that team managers attend as well.


Small Blacks 2014
2014 Small Blacks Compulsory Coaching Course Dates / Venues.
Saturday 29th March - Mercury Bay RFC 9am - 12pm
Wednesday 2nd April - Paeroa Domain - 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Wednesday 9th April - Whangamata RFC - 6.30pm - 9.30pm
  Saturday 3rd May - Ngatea RFC - 9am - 12pm

All Youth Rugby Coaches and Assistant Coaches Must Attend one of these workshops.

Shield Fever Hits Thames Valley in 2014
Ranfurly Shield fever will be ever present within the Thames Valley Provincial Union come 2014 as it has been confirmed that the Swampfoxes will challenge the Steelers for the old Log-o-Wood on the 2nd July 2014 at Ecolight Stadium in Pukekohe.
As yet a kick off time has not been agreed between the 2 unions. 





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