Northern United lose grip on Swindale Shield

Last updated 10:03 01/05/2012

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Northern United's stranglehold on the Swindale Shield in recent seasons seems all but over, after they succumbed to a shock 27-11 loss to Wests on Saturday.

Tawa, meanwhile, sit second- bottom after their 31-23 defeat by high-flying Wainuiomata on Old Timers Day at Lyndhurst Park.

Saturday's loss continues a topsy- turvy season for the Ross Bond- coached Norths, who have now won two and lost three. They beat neighbours Tawa 26-13 on Anzac Day but the loss to Wests means they are in seventh place on 10 points, a whopping 13 behind competition leaders Hutt Old Boys Marist.

They were down 11-6 at half-time at Ian Galloway Park, with Wests' loosies Scott Fuglistaller and Blade Thompson proving the difference. The home side played with the wind after the turnaround and two further penalties put them out to 17-6. A Dean Brunsdon try gave the travelling fans hope but a late try and penalty made the margin comfortable.

Tawa's defeat means Wainuiomata hang on to the Chris Stirling Cup. After conceding three tries in the first half, they roared back to within a point in the second spell but Wainuiomata scored late on to take the win.

This Saturday Norths face Hutt Old Boys Marist away, while Tawa go to Maidstone Park to do battle with the handy Upper Hutt side.

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