Rugby: Trophies, bragging rights on line

By Barry Leabourn

Two WBOPRFS Challenge trophies, along with Baywide and Western Bay rugby bragging rights, will be up for grabs at the Tauranga Domain tomorrow afternoon.

Three Western Bay Battle of the Bridge clashes will be fought out between long-time rivals Tauranga Sports and Mount Maunganui.

The premier main attraction at 2.45pm will have an extra edge with the WBOPRFS Jordan Cup on the line, which Tauranga Sports grabbed from Greerton Marist in the first challenge of the new season.

The Tauranga Sports Seeka KI Western Bay side will put not only the Hardy Rosebowl on the line but will also have their unbeaten start to the season at risk against the Mount second XV.

In other WBOPRFS competition match-ups, Arataki and Matakana, who have both made an unbeaten start to the season, will square off at Arataki headquarters at Grenada Park.

The islanders laid down the challenge to other contenders last weekend, posting a 98-19 win over Eastern Districts.

Judea have been involved in three nail biters in the season start, and could get their first win of the season when Te Puke Sports pay a visit to Winiata Maharia Park.

Eastern Districts will host Te Puna at the Paengaroa Domain, Katikati take on Rangiuru in the early game at Moore Park, while Rangataua and Greerton Marist square off at Te Ariki Park.

Tauranga Sports Colts kick off their WBOPRFS 2013 campaign against Mount Maunganui, in one of the two curtain raisers at the Tauranga Domain.

While they sat on the sideline last weekend courtesy of the bye, Mount Maunganui warmed up for this week's clash with their archrivals beating Te Puke Sports 27-17.

Te Puna Colts will be looking to get over the disappointment of losing the Oliver Cup to Greerton Marist last weekend, when they take on Te Puke Sports at Murray Salt Stadium - with Greerton Marist having the round two bye.

Seeka KI Western BOP Senior Draw, April 13

(All games 1pm unless specified)

Tauranga Sports v Mount Maunganui, Tauranga Domain; Arataki v Matakana Island, Grenada Park; Eastern Districts v Te Puna, Paengaroa Domain (2.45pm); Judea v Te Puke Sports, Maharia Winiata Park (2.45pm); Katikati v Rangiuru, Moore Park; Rangataua v Greerton Marist, Te Ariki Park.

Seeka KI Western BOP Colts Draw (all games 1pm)

Tauranga Sports v Mount Maunganui, Tauranga Domain; Te Puke Sports v Te Puna, Murray Salt Stadium; Greerton Marist the bye.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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