Wainuiomata slip up against Ories

Last updated 11:48 19/06/2012

Slippery runner: Genesis Mamea charges at the Oriental-Rongotai line. The Wainuiomata No 8 worked hard in the horrible conditions but his side went down 11-6.

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A combination of poor handling and an inability to play to the conditions proved the difference as Wainuiomata lost 11-6 to Oriental-Rongotai at the weekend.

The bitter cold meant it was never going to be a great game of rugby but both teams played with a lot of heart.

Ories had the wind in the first half and played strongly to lead 11-3 at halftime.

A John Monu penalty just before halftime lifted the spirits of the Wainuiomata players and supporters.

The general feeling was the green and blacks would take the game in the second half but as the weather deteriorated, so did Wainuiomata.

Halfback Corey Draper consistently found space but those outside him seemed unsure whether to then kick or run.

When they did kick, the ball always seemed to find a safe pair of Ories' hands.

Wainuiomata finished strongly and had two good opportunities to score but both times dropped the ball near the line.

The game finished as a massive hail storm hit William Jones Park and it was hard to tell the mud splattered players apart.

For Wainui, flanker Glen Angus had a storming game until going off injured. No 8 Genesis Mamea was always threatening and prop Attila Va'a was prominent.

As the game went on, former New Zealand Under-20 lock Shahn Eru became more and more dominant in the lineout and did not let the bitter cold get to him.

Draper was the best in a backline that lacked direction. Winger Falelima Siinei had a horror day with his hands.

Ories clearly enjoyed the win and a lone supporter who ran onto the sodden ground at full-time screaming "that's how you win" was spot on.

Ories played tenaciously in the conditions and deserved the victory.

Although Wainuiomata will be disappointed with the loss, coach Mike Woollett clearly has plenty of talent to work with.

Wainuiomata are in the healthy position of having teams in both the Jubilee and Hardham Cups and should feature at the end of the season.

It was a horror weekend for local clubs.

Swindale Shield winners Hutt Old Boys Marist lost heavily to rivals Marist St Pat's and Petone were thrashed by Tawa.

Wainuiomata meet Tawa on Saturday and Hutt Old Boys Marist will be looking to get their season back on track, with a win over Petone.

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- Hutt News


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