Hutt Old Boys Marist to good for a struggling Avalon
Dan Vulu finally had something to smile about on Saturday.
Hutt Old Boys Marist made an average start to the season, losing to Upper Hutt and Wainuiomata before beating easy beats Paremata Plimmerton.
On Saturday, HOBM made the trip to Fraser Park and their comfortable 53-0 win over Avalon suggested that things can only get better for Vulu.
His young side played some nice rugby with halfback Sheridan Rangihuna and winger Fereti Soloa outstanding.
HOBM scored in the first few minutes, thanks to an intercept from Polonga Pedro, that set up Ferreti for the first of his three tries.
While, it was not one-way traffic from that point, HOBM were always in control.
Hard-working Jordan Gillies had another top game. Smallish for a number eight, he played like an old fashioned seven and was not afraid to put his body on the line.
Number seven Matt Sleith was prominent in his blazer game.
It was Rangihuna, however, who stood out with his work rate and good decision making.
Avalon had little to smile about. Bullocking mid-fielder Ben Pehi and number eight Ale Peni never gave up but their best was flanker Logan Blake.
As always Blake snaffled plenty of loose ball and tackled all day.
There were a couple of negatives. Avalon looked far from match fit and were exposed by the fast nature of the game played on artificial turf.
Both sides also had way too much to say to the referee.
Like TJ Perenara, Rangihuna might one day make a fine referee. In the meantime, he should leave it to the bloke who actually has the whistle to make the decisions.
Train spotters might have noticed that HOBM contained three players with prominent rugby fathers.
First-five Brandyn Laursen is the son of Craig, a hugely talented player for Avalon and HOBM in the 1990s. Hooker Ben Power is the son of Doug Power, one of the club's best ever players. Winger Matt Poole is the son of long time coach and administrator Russell Poole.
In other local games, Petone drew with Ories and Wainuiomata went down by two points to Oriental-Rongotai.