I attended the game at Whitmore Park and it was all one way traffic. Tech were simply too skilled, fast and fit for Central Hawkes Bay. In fact the score should really have been three figures but for a number of times Tech players passed the ball to other players, and the play somehow broke down, when they would have scored themselves had they kept going. That would have posed a problem for the scoreboard attendant as there were only two 0s available amongst the list of numbers available to him and the score was to become exactly 100 nil!
CHB kept going to the end even though they were slaughtered so you have to give them credit for that, the same could not be said about some of their tackling or their defensive structures and patterns. But you are right Stargazer in that the massive margins in a lot of games cannot be good for rugby in the Bay, unless of course it is just NTOB recording them, or anyone dealing to NOB
The new signing for the Magpies looked good at fullback showing a good turn of speed and some lovely steps of both feet completely bamboozling the defenders. He also timed his pass nicely when required but had he been greedy he could have had about five or six tries in all honesty. He also kicked a number of excellent conversions from out wide across the wind that was coming in at more than a gentle breeze velocity from the Bowling Club end of the ground (assuming the club is still there?). Not the biggest of players but the raw material is there to work with come Mitre10 Cup time. How he goes against top notch players remains to be seen. Cannot comment on his defence as when you win by 90 you don't have to do much.
There was also a big type winger on the right wing that also showed nimble footwork a number of occasions that made me sit up take note. Whether he is in the Magpies set up I was not sure but he did look good. TBW is back in town but did not play. I did not spot him but understand he has a bit of conditioning to get to his optimum playing weight, my sources indicated he would have no problem in making the Under 85s if they ran that grade in the Bay. Also caught a glimpse of Tim Farrell in his civies, looks like he might be gone for the entire season.
The welcome home to the 2018 NZ Cricket Club Champions, Napier Tech Old Boys, was acclaimed by a thunderous and spine chilling haka from the rugby division of the club was the highlight of the aftermatch function for me.