PETONE 27, MARIST ST PATS 19
Petone (Nick Grigg, Josh Hrstich, Riki Flutey tries, Jared Kahu 3 con 2 pen), Marist St Pats (Andrew Wells, Isaac O'Connor, Aviata Silago tries, Fa'atonu Fili 2 con), HT 17-0 Petone
Sin Bin: Riki Flutey (Petone) 75' J.P. Tocker (MSP) 78'
Best and fairest: 3 points: Lewis Marshall (Petone Centre), 2 points: Isaac O'Connor (MSP flanker), 1 point: Nick Grigg (Petone 2nd five).
Venue: Petone Rec.
What happened: Petone ended their Jubilee Cup losing streak with a convincing win over Swindale Shield Champions MSP.
The visitors started the match well retaining possession for large periods of time, but it was the Villagers who opened the scoring through Nick Grigg after good run's from Sam McNicol and Lewis Marshall. Impressive No8 Josh Hrstich scored Petone's second try from a five meter scrum. Jared Kahu converted both tries and kicked a penalty to give his side a handy halftime lead.
MSP started the second half strongly but some resolute Petone defence kept them out until finally Aviata Silago dived through wide out.
The home supporters were on their feet for Petone's third and final try, nearly every player in a blue jersey touched the ball before Riki Flutey crossed.
MSP scored two late tries to put some respectability to the score.
Who stood out: Isaac O'Connor had a good match for MSP, wing Ryan Setefano looked dangerous whenever he had the ball.
The clash of the big prop's Jacob Taituave MSP and Petone's Michael Kainga was earth shaking while the match up of the half back combinations Flutey and Kahu against Sciascia and Fili went to the Petone pair but only just.
Petone's midfield of Lewis Marshall and Nick Grigg were outstanding while Flanker Josh Hrstich continues to impress.
The up-shot: MSP will look to get their campaign underway when host they the Upper Hutt Rams, Petone cross the bridge with some confidence to play neighbours HOBM.
Next up: MSP v UH Rams Evans Bay, Petone v HOBM Hutt Rec.
- Doug Smith
OLD BOYS UNIVERSITY 27, HUTT OLD BOYS MARIST 30
Old Boys University 27 (Mitch Clark, Joe Hill, Wes Goosen tries; Greg Mullany 3 con, 2 pen) Hutt Old Boys Marist 30 (Otto Rasch, Opetera Peleseuma, Chase Tiatia tries; Glen Walters 1 con, 1 pen, Fereti Soloa 2 con, 2 pen). HT 20-10.
Venue: Basin Reserve
Best and fairest: 3 points: Chase Tiatia (HOBM wing), 2 points: Finbarr Kerr-Newell (OBU Prop), 1 point: Opetera Peleseuma (HOBM 2nd five-eighth).
What Happened: Old Boys University made a fast start to the match with flanker Mitch Clark scoring a try inside the first five minutes. Despite numerous rulings going their way Hutt Old Boys Marist were behind ten points by half time and would have been disappointed with their first half performance. HOBM failed to take advantage of their opposition's ill-discipline by turning down several easy three-point opportunities.
The second half saw a complete change in momentum. HOBM inserted a number of reserves into the backline and this paid dividends as they scored the first two tries after the break.
HOBM replicated the same impressive back play exhibited by their opposition in the first half and jumped out to a ten point lead with just over 20 minutes to play. OBU eventually struck back with a slick individual try to centre Wes Goosen to ensure a close finish.
Who stood out: HOBM wing Chase Tiatia made some probing runs and showed off his impressive speed to score a crucial try in the second half. OBU prop Finbarr Kerr-Newell was busy at ruck time, defended well and made some impressive runs on attack. Opetera Peleseuma looked dangerous on attack and was a key component in a HOBM backline that came alive in the second half.
The upshot: OBU will likely see this game as a missed opportunity. They sit fifth in the Jubilee cup after the first round and face a real test against Oriental-Rongotai next week. HOBM and will be happy with the way they fought back in the second half but cannot not afford another slow start against Petone next week. They sit fourth after round one.
UPPER HUTT RAMS 17, WAINUIOMATA 29
Upper Hutt Rams17 (Josh Hunt, Walter Treviranus tries. Liam Berry 2cons, 1pen), Wainuiomata 29 (Josh Robertson Weepu, Marvin Karawana, Glen Angus 2 tries. Josh Robertson Weepu 3cons, 1pen). HT: 10-12.
Best and fairest: 3 points: Josh Robertson Weepu (Woa wing), 2 points: Ben Tupuola (Woa number 8), 1 point: Hayden Schrijvers (Upper Hutt Halfback)
Venue: Maidstone Park
What happened: Wainuiomata start the Jubilee cup in the best way possible picking up a bonus point win against their old foe. Upper Hutt started strong putting together a number of backline set plays occasionally breaking the visitor's defence, one culminating in a converted try by one of their hard working loose forwards Josh Hunt to open the scoring after 13 minutes. Wainuiomata responded quickly with two well worked team tries and restricted Upper Hutt to just a further penalty to take a 12-10 lead into the break.
Big Upper Hutt prop Calem Sua worked hard trying to contain Wainui's rampaging number 8 Ben Tupuola but after one of a number of questionable tackles he found himself on the wrong side of the referee's tolerance and shown a yellow card. Wainui's four tries were the result of a huge forward display their all Va'a front row dominated the scrums with the older statesman Justin Va'a putting in a huge 80 minute effort. Upper Hutt's final points coming with a last minute converted try to substitute prop Walter Treviranus.
Who stood out: Wainui youngster Josh Roberston Weepu is looking the goods in both attack and defence, he was outstanding alongside number 8 Ben Tupuola who was again industrious with a number of big tackle breaking runs. For Upper Hutt halfback Hayden Schrijvers toiled behind a struggling forward pack, their loose forward trio also worked hard.
Yellow cards: Calum Sua 65th min (Upper Hutt Prop)
Red cards: None
The up-shot: The bonus point win puts Wainui equal first place with Ories and they'll be aiming to hand Tawa another loss when they head home to a refurbished William Jones park. Upper Hutt sits in the bottom three with Tawa and next week's opposition MSP as they travel to Evans Bay Park.
ORIES 45, TAWA 15
Ories 45 (Paulo Aukuso 2, Matt Proctor 2, Andrew Ellis, James Proctor tries, James Proctor 6 con, pen) Tawa 15 (Randall Bishop, Filisione Koloamatangi tries, Bishop con, pen) HT 35-3 Best and Fairest: 3 points: Ardie Savea (Ories flanker), 2 points: James Proctor (Ories first five-eighth), Kaipati Gaualofa (Tawa lock).
Venue: Lyndhurst Park
What happened:Ories started the Jubilee Cup in style, using a potent mixture of pace, power and precision to
demolish defending champions Tawa. Taking advantage of the availability of Hurricanes players
Ardie Savea, Matt Proctor and Motu Matu'u, and a Tawa side ravaged by injury, Ories were
imperious in the first half and no Wellington club side would have kept pace. The bonus point was in
the bag after 20 minutes and they took a commanding 35-3 lead into halftime.
Tawa claimed some consolation by winning the second half. Matu'u was forced off with a head knock early in the second half following a brutal collision with Kaipati Gaualofa. A limping Savea had ice on his knee post-match but the injury didn't appear serious.
Who stood out: The returning Hurricanes all starred for Ories, with Matt Proctor making his tries look easy, Matu'u his usual destructive self and Savea acting as a playmaker on attack and having a field day at the breakdown. James Proctor controlled play well and was near faultless with his kicking. For Tawa, Gaualofa added steel to the forward pack when he came on in the second half and fullback Randall Bishop showed some nice touches.
Yellow/red cards - None
The upshot: If their star players are available, Ories will be one of the favourites for the Jubilee Cup. Even without them, the spine of their team is consistent. Tawa will take encouragement from their second half but will be worried with their growing injury toll, with No 8 Sam Blair the latest casualty on Saturday. Next up: Ories vs. OBU at Polo Ground and Tawa vs. Wainuiomata at William Jones Park.
- The Dominion Post
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