Silverstream squeeze past Town
ST PAT'S SILVERSTREAM 20 ST PAT'S TOWN 18
St Pat's Silverstream topped the round-robin section of Wellington's premier one 1st XV rugby competition for a second consecutive year after beating St Pat's Town 20-18 in their annual traditional at Evans Bay Park in Kilbirnie today.
St Pat's Town halfback Zac Donaldson had a penalty attempt on fulltime from halfway to win the game, but he pushed the ball out left.
Silverstream enjoyed most of the territory in the first half but only had a 10-8 halftime lead to show for it. Nic Mannix and Donaldson traded early penalties but Silverstream busted the game open after 20 minutes when an unmarked Joe Apikotoa scored out wide and Mannix converted.
Town narrowed the gap on halftime when wing Daniel Buttar kicked hopefully into the 22 and regathered to score.
Town hit the lead early in the second half when Donaldson's kick made it 11-10, but the game changed when man-of-the-match, Silverstream No 7 Jack McCormack, made a big break upfield to put the visitors hot on attack. After a period of pressure during which McCormack featured again, it was reserve second five-eight Tynan Barrett who scored and with Mannix's conversion Silverstream were in front 17-11.
Mannix added a penalty on the hour to extend Silverstream's lead but Town came back hard and No 8 Hannon Brighouse drove over with five minutes to go and Donaldson's sideline conversion produced a grandstand finish.
Town will rue a poor functioning lineout. Silverstream also had an edge at scrum time.The standout players for the winners were McCormack, No 8 Nese Solia and lock Vern Sosefo while Town were well served by Brighouse, fullback Siosaia Paese, who produced two try-saving tackles, and Donaldson.
Scorers: St Pat's Silverstream 20 (Joe Apikotoa, Tynan Barrett tries; Nic Mannix 2 cons, 2 pens) St Pat's Town 18 (Hannon Brighouse, Daniel Buttar tries; Zac Donaldson con, 2 pens). Halftime: 10-8 Silverstream.
The Dominion Post