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Levin Wanderers on the board

Athletic break drought

BEN STRANG
Last updated 10:38 07/06/2012
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Under lights: Rahui lock Kareanui Te Wiata dishes the ball out to his team as Wanderers lock Palazuelos Tomas looks on.

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Levin Wanderers have notched up their first victory since returning to premier rugby, while Levin Athletic recorded their first win over Paraparaumu in four years at the weekend.

Athletic co-coach Charlie Rudd said his team learned from their last match against Paraparaumu, and tried to keep the ball away from their explosive backline in Saturday's 13-10 win at Playford Park.

"We just tried to keep it up front and in the forwards, because we learned from last time what Paraparaumu can do if you let them get it out wide," he said.

"I think our forwards were pretty dominant, but we were able to take advantage of the weather and maybe a couple of injuries that Paraparaumu had as well."

Flanker Casey Watson scored the only try for Athletic, with Matt Easton kicking the conversion. Aaron Taiapa polished off the performance with two penalties.

Sonny McBride was Paraparaumu's only scorer, with a try, conversion and penalty.

Waikanae have also continued their impressive winning streak, coming from behind to defeat Foxton 25-10 on Thursday night at Otaki Domain, with a crucial moment on halftime securing the win.

Waikanae spokesman Clive Brugh said Foxton opened the scoring after three minutes, pushing over the line for a try after a charge-down.

Waikanae fought hard to come back into the match, and the game turned on its head on the stroke of halftime.

"We had what we call a 14-point play really," Brugh said. "Jamie Hinds intercepted a pass and ran about 80m to dot down for a try.

"If he had missed Foxton would have scored a try of their own, so that's why it really turned the game for us."

Hinds scored another try in the match, and Ashley Drake crossed the line with 10 minutes left to secure the victory.

With Foxton becoming stronger and pushing the top teams, Brugh said there would be no easy games from now until the semifinals.

Although Rahui and Wanderers could be unpredictable, he said Wanderers would have their tails up after their first win of the season over Rahui on Friday night.

Rudd said his team travel to Rahui on Saturday, and were expecting a much- improved Rahui team to take the field.

"I'd say there will be a few of the league boys lining up for them, from what I've heard," he said.

"And no matter what they always have plenty of support which makes it very tough to play there."

Waikanae lead the premier table on 18 points. Paraparaumu is second on 15, and Athletic third on 14.

Foxton fills out the top four with six points, with Wanderers on four and Rahui on two.

SATURDAY'S FIXTURES

Premier, 2.45pm:

  • Foxton v Wanderers, Easton Park.
  • Paraparaumu v Waikanae, Paraparaumu Domain.
  • Rahui v Levin Athletic, Otaki Domain.

Senior Reserve, 1pm:

  • Levin COB v Shannon, Levin Domain.
  • Foxton v Wanderers, Easton Park.
  • Paraparaumu v Waikanae, Paraparaumu Domain.
  • Toa v Levin Athletic, Te Atiawa Park.

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