MARIST ST PATS 56 UPPER HUTT RAMS 20
Marist St Pats 56 (Isaac O'Connor, Aviata Silago 2, Josh Foster, Valentine Meachen 2, Fa'atonu Fili, Ryan Setefano, Andrew Wells tries; Fili 4 con, 1 pen) Upper Hutt 20 (Sam Wasley, Mitch Browne, Hayden Schrijvers tries; Liam Berry 1 con, 1 pen). HT 34-17. Yellow card: Greg Strickland (Upper Hutt reserve outside back).
Venue: Evans Bay Park
Best and fairest: 3 points: Isaia Petelo (MSP 2nd five-eighth), 2 points: Isaac O'Connor (MSP openside flanker), 1 point: Liam Berry (Upper Hutt 1st five-eighth).
What Happened: Both teams showed good intent on attack in the first half but were also guilty of some worrying defensive lapses.
Upper Hutt dominated the first quarter of the match, taking advantage of some poor backline defence by Marist St Pats. Roles then reversed and it was MSP's turn to capitalise on their opposition's lacklustre resistance.
Entering the second half with a healthy lead, MSP never looked back and outscored Upper Hutt four tries to none. Upper Hutt had a number of opportunities to close the gap in the second half but their own mistakes and their opposition's improved defence stopped them from doing so.
The Upper Hutt backs looked like a beaten unit during much of the second half and were unable to match the slick play of their MSP counterparts.
Who stood out: MSP 2nd five-eighth Isaia Petelo showed off his superb attacking ability and played a part in a number of his side's tries. Flanker Isaac O'Connor was busy on attack and defence. First-five Liam Berry stood out in an Upper Hutt backline that was impressive in the first half.
The upshot: MSP sit third after two rounds and will be happy with their overall performance against an Upper Hutt side that looked threatening at the start of Saturday's match. They face Oriental Rongotai next week. Upper Hutt will be disappointed with their failure to capitalise on a strong start. The Rams are at home against competition pace-setters Hutt Old Boys Marist next week.
WAINUIOMATA 19 TAWA 19
Wainuiomata 19 (John Monu try. Josh Robertson-Weepu 1con, 3pen) Tawa 19 (Jeff Makapelu, Tu Umaga-Marshall, Randall Bishop tries, Randall Bishop 2con). HT: 16-0 Wainuiomata.
Best and fairest: 3 fairest: 3 points: Marvin Karawana (Wainui), 2 points Greg Lealofi (Wainui), 1 point Randall Bishop (Tawa Fullback).
Venue: William Jones Park, Wainuiomata.
What happened: Three missed Wainuiomata penalty attempts may be the reason Tawa left William Jones Park with 2 table points. Apart from the penalty count Wainui dominated the first half in all ways possible, ending it with a 16-0 lead. Tawa's error ridden display meant they were only able to muster one attack on Wainui's line in the half and spent the remainder of the play defending their own.
Two warnings to Tawa prop Taniela Koroi and a number of other ruck infringement penalties stifled Wainui's attack and left them with a single try to John Monu receiving an unselfish pass from fullback Fa'atau Mamea following a sideline 40 metre break, their remaining points a conversion and 3 penalties from Josh Robertson-Weepu.
Tawa came out in the second spell with a lot more purpose and quickly pegged back the 16 point lead. scoring three tries, the first to wing Jeff Makepelu kicking and chasing to score in the corner, a 50-metre intercept try to centre Tu Umaga-Marshall reining in an ordinary Justin Va'a pass and Randall Bishop crashing over and kicking two conversions to tie the scores for the final 10 minutes.
Wainui's only points of the second spell came through a penalty to Robertson-Weepu.
Who stood out: Wainui's forwards, Greg Lealofi in particular. Wainui gained a huge amount of momentum and field
position from his efforts. Tawa's back three Jeff Makapelu, George Tilsley and Randall Bishop worked
The up-shot: The two points gained keep Tawa off the bottom and head to Petone next week to try and reignite the form that saw then dominate the bulk of the Swindale Shield. worked tirelessly all match.
- Shane Kempson
HUTT OLD BOYS MARIST 20 PETONE 17
HUTT OLD BOYS MARIST 20 (Fereti Soloa, Chase Tiatia, Simon Malaeulu tries, Sheridan Rangihuna 1 con, Glen Walters 1 pen) PETONE 17 (Nick Grigg 2 tries, Jared Kahu 1 con, 1 pen, Sam McNicol 1 con). HT 10-8 Petone. Yellow cards: Nick Risdon (HOBM replacement halfback)
Best and fairest: 3 points: Chase Tiatia (HOBM wing), 2 points: Nick Grigg (PETONE 2nd five), 1 point: Donal McNamara (PETONE prop).
Venue: Hutt Recreation Ground.
What happened: The 'Battle of the Bridge' was a thriller and went down to wire, Petone winger Sam McNicol shaved the outside of the posts with a last minute penalty that would have tied the game.
Fereti Soloa put the Hutt side into an early lead, then Sheridan Rangihuna and Jared Kahu traded penalties before Petone took the lead, Lewis Marshall made the break and off loaded to Nick Grigg who went in under the posts.
The lead went back to HOBM early in the second half through prop Simon Malaeulu after their forwards had put a lot of pressure on the Petone line. A Chase Tiatia try extended the lead for the Eagles.
Slick passing saw Grigg cross for his and Petone's second, closing the gap to three points with five minutes to play.
Petone hammered away at the HOBM line but the home team held firm and it came down to the unsuccessful McNicol penalty chance.
Who stood out: There were standouts all over the park in this match, The young outside backs from both sides Fereti Soloa and Chase Tiatia for HOBM and Sam McNicol and Aleks Noble-Campbell all had their moments. Props Otto Rasch and Simon Malaeulu had a fierce contest with the hard working Donal McNamara and Tyral Vigne. Nick Grigg had another good game constantly breaking tackles. Jason Risdon's defence won his side a lot of ball.
The up-shot: HOBM are top of the table and now have the Rams in their sights. Petone picked up a valuable bonus point and return home to face Tawa. Next up: HOBM v Upper Hutt Rams at Maidstone, Petone v Tawa at Petone.
- Doug Smith
ORIENTAL-RONGOTAI 9 OLD BOYS-UNIVERSITY 18
Oriental-Rongatai 9 (James Proctor 3 pen) Old Boys University 18 (tries: Hamish Buick, Teariki Ben-Nicholas conversions: Greg Mullany 1/2 penalties: Greg Mullany 2/3). HT: 6-6.
Best and Fairest: 3 points Greg Mullany (OBU), 2 points Pau Halafihi (Ories), 1 point Teariki Ben-Nicholas (OBU)
Venue: Polo Ground, Mirima
What happened: Old Boys University turned it on in the second half to upset home side Oriental Rongatai 18-9.
The first half was a real ding dong battle with both sides getting close to scoring but both making crucial errors in the opposition 22 to prevent them from scoring. OBU's best chance came from Hamish Buick who beat everyone to the ball but couldn't pick it up right before the try line. Both teams went into the sheds with two penalties apiece.
In the second half OBU kept the ball in hand and showed patience in their build-up, which led to them breaking the line and scoring under the posts. University took control of the game at this point, scoring one more try to seal the victory and stop Ories from getting a bonus.
Who stood out: Greg Mullany's kicking game for OBU was solid along with his defence and running game, great all round performance. Pau Halafihi (Ories) was at every break down, tackling strong and getting the turnovers. Teariki Ben-Nicholas (OBU) scored the try to seal the victory, and ran strong all day and got the turnovers. James Proctor (Ories) was getting his side out of trouble with a fantastic kicking game.
The upshot: OBU come away with a good win to join Ories mid table on five points along with two other teams.
- Zac Ringrose
- The Dominion Post
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