Rugby: Waikite up for big Arataki challenge

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The grand final of the Bay of Plenty women's rugby competition is this Sunday. Pictured is Waikite player Polly Playle (with ball) last weekend. Photo/Stephen Parker
The grand final of the Bay of Plenty women's rugby competition is this Sunday. Pictured is Waikite player Polly Playle (with ball) last weekend. Photo/Stephen Parker

Reigning Bay of Plenty champions Waikite are happy with their preparations ahead of the biggest game of the season.

Waikite will line up against Arataki (Tauranga) at Arataki Park on Sunday for the grand final of the Bay of Plenty women's competition.

The final is a re-match of last year's final which saw Waikite get past Arataki in a close match.

Waikite captain and manager Eliza Stephens said they had a good week building towards the big game.

"Our preparation is much more structured this week. We know it's going to be a big challenge this weekend to go back to Arataki and play them on their home turf. The teams are very even."

She said they had even taken on the Waikite A men's team this week as part of the build-up.

"This week in our preparations we are training with Waikite men's A team. From the training, the girls have picked up on a lot of techniques and how to position themselves properly.

"All these little things we are putting in place this week will help the girls to improve as players for the game this weekend. It's going to be a very exciting game, we're ready to take on this challenge."

Arataki coach Mark Latimer said their team was confident ahead of the final.

Arataki play Waikite at 1pm on Sunday at Arataki Park.

- Rotorua Daily Post

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