Neck injury overshadows the perfomance of Hutt's O'Reilly
The result was of secondary importance as Hutt Old Boys Marist beat Wainuiomata 38-14 on Saturday.
The game was marred by a neck injury to Wainuiomata fullback Fa'atau Mamea that resulted in a long delay, before the match resumed on a neighbouring field.
Mamea was later taken away by ambulance suffering from a loss of feeling.
Thankfully, coach Justin Wilson was able to report on Sunday that Mamea was sore but had not suffered any permanent injury.
Without the sight of a player being taken away by ambulance, the headline could well have been 'O'Reilly makes a quick buck' in reference to James O'Reilly.
The HOBM hooker had a storming game, scoring three tries in front of proud dad Paul.
After the second try, his dad lamented the cost of a long standing tradition.
"I am down $4, it has been $2 a try since he was five."
O'Reilly was supposed to be playing club rugby in Bay of Plenty but in recent weeks, had been with the Hurricanes as cover for All Black Dane Coles.
The match was a tight affair with HOBM scoring two quick tries to grab the early initiative.
Wainuiomata could have been forgiven for losing interest after Mamea was injured but they instead returned with a new vigor.
The green and blacks enjoyed some long periods of attack with powerful number eight Ben Tupuola dominant.
Tupuola is a beast of a man with the ball in hand and he troubled HOBM throughout.
Wainuiomata also enjoyed some spark of the bench from nippy halfback Wairariki Koia and prop David Va'a.
Their failure to turn pressure into points, was the difference and HOBM deserved their victory.
As well as O'Reilly, prop Joe'Apikotoa and second five Brandy Laursen played strongly for HOBM.
It was a performance that signalled HOBM are genuine Jubilee Cup contenders.
The big surprise for the Hutt teams came at Nairnville Park, where Petone suffered a 72-12 drubbing at the hands of Old Boys University.
In the Hardham Cup, Avalon gave their old timers something to smile about with a win over Parematta Plimmerton
The feature match this week sees Petone and Wainuiomata meet at the Petone Rec.