Coaches kōrero: Farah Palmer Cup Week 1

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This week, we catch up with Head coach Glenn Moore.

 

There wouldn’t have been many people happier to see the Farah Palmer Cup finally kick off last weekend than the man in charge of the Black Ferns.

 

Glenn Moore was eagerly awaiting the start of the competition, so he could finally see the country’s best players go head to head. The Farah Palmer Cup started with a hiss and a roar, with Waikato securing the first win of the season, 18-5 over the Northland Kauri. In Pukekohe, the Counties Manukau Heat were too good for the North Harbour Hibiscus 89-3, while the Auckland Storm defeated a determined Taranaki Whio side, 38-0 in Inglewood.

 

Moore was please with the way proceedings went in week one.

 

“It was just great to get the competition underway, albeit just the Northern pool. Of course, the Auckland-based teams had some setbacks in terms of the lockdown, and they weren’t able to train, but I thought overall some of the teams looked really good.

 

“Counties got away to a really good start and they are certainly looking strong. I thought Taranaki put up a really good performance against a strong Auckland team, which was good to see. It will be interesting to see how Taranaki keep rolling out over the next few weeks.”

 

 

Of course, Moore is delighted to see Black Ferns Sevens stars like Portia Woodman, Tyla Nathan-Wong and Gayle Broughton turn out for their provinces in the 15s game and as the weeks progress, he’s expecting to see the accuracy and precision within the competition increase significantly.

 

It’s early days to be singling players out, but the Black Ferns coach was impressed with a few women throughout the opening weekend.

 

“The likes of Liana Mikaele-Tu’u (Auckland) played really well. I thought Katie [Aotearoa] Matua, Lisa Molia and Ari [Arihiana Marino-Tauhina] were very good for Counties. It’s only week one, but over the next one to two weeks we will probably see some players really develop.”

 

Moore is planning on attending a few games this weekend, as the South pool gets underway. One of those will be the Northland-Auckland game on Sunday in Whangarei. He said that while the Auckland team has a number of experienced players, Northland have a lot of promise and good quality players.

 

“If they get everything together on the day, they’d be a handful for anyone,” said Moore.

 

“The Farah Palmer Cup has got a lot more importance on it, even more than usual. Given the limited opportunities we have for internationals and then heading towards contracting players and a World Cup, it’s a real significant competition and it’s a great one for people to get behind as well.”

 

 

FIXTURES THIS WEEKEND

North Harbour Hibiscus v Bay of Plenty Volcanix

Friday 11 September

4.35pm, North Harbour Stadium

Downer Referee: Jono Bredin

LIVE ON SKY SPORT

 

Manawatu Cyclones v Canterbury

Saturday 12 September

12pm, Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North

Downer Referee: Becs Mahoney

LIVE STREAMED ON MANAWATU CYCLONES FACEBOOK PAGE

 

Waikato v Taranaki Whio

Saturday 12 September

11.35am, FMG Stadium Waikato

Downer Referee: Lauren Jenner

LIVE ON SKY SPORT

 

Tasman Mako v Wellington Pride

Saturday 12 September

1pm, Lansdowne Park, Blenheim

Downer Referee: Brittany Andrew

LIVE STREAMED ON TASMAN MAKO FACEBOOK PAGE

 

Northland Kauri v Auckland Storm

Sunday 13 September

11.35am, Semenoff Stadium, Northland

Downer Referee: Mike Winter

LIVE ON SKY SPORT

 

Otago Spirit v Hawke’s Bay Tui

Sunday 13 September

12.30pm, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

Downer Referee: Maggie Cogger-Orr

LIVE STREAM ON OTAGO RUGBY FACEBOOK PAGE