Rugby: Tauranga Sports hope to maintain flying start

By Barry Leabourn

Seeka KI Western BOP competition frontrunners Tauranga Sports will pay a visit to the Paengaroa Domain tomorrow afternoon, to meet Eastern Districts at ED headquarters.

The defending Western Bay (and Baywide) champions have made an impressive start to the season, racking up nearly 50 points a game on their unbeaten run. They have also defended the Hardy Rosebowl (WBOPRFS Challenge trophy) on four occasions.

While Eastern Districts have made a slow start to the season, they flexed their muscles last weekend against Te Puna, posting their first win of the season by a 44-33 score.

Arataki also have an unbeaten start to the season on the line when they travel to play Rangiuru at Centennial Park in Te Puke. Last weekend Arataki repelled the challenge of Matakana Island, with Rangiuru upset by Katikati 45-12.

Before that defeat Rangiuru had been in fine form with three wins in a row and with a home venue will look to bounce back to winning form.

Greerton Marist and Judea who have a win apiece in the season start will meet in the early game at Greerton Park, Mount Maunganui will host Matakana Island, Te Puke Sports should have their hands full with a resurgent Katikati side, while Te Puna will square off with archrivals Rangataua at Maramatanga Park.

The WBOPRFS Colts challenge Oliver Cup will be up for grabs when Tauranga Sports visit Greerton Park. Greerton Marist relieved Te Puna of the Oliver Cup two weeks ago and will be keen to hold onto the cup.

Western Bay Colts defending champions Mount Maunganui lead the local age group standings with two wins from their first two encounters and could prove too strong for Te Puna at Blake Park.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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