HUTT OLD BOYS MARIST 15 ORIENTAL-RONGOTAI 17
Hutt Old Boys Marist 15 (James Wall 2 tries, Glen Walters con, pen) Ories 17 (Andrew Ellis, Tuga Mativa tries, James Proctor 2 cons, pen) HT 8-10. No cards.
Venue: Hutt Recreation Ground
Best and Fairest: 3 points: Sione Halafihi (Ories flanker), 2 points: Pau Halafihi (Ories flanker), 1 Point: James Proctor (Ories first five-eighth).
What happened: Ories regained the Bondy Memorial Cup, hanging on to beat Hutt Old Boys Marist in a scrappy and
closely fought encounter.
The game started with HOBM on the attack and reward came early when lock James Wall crashed over from close range. Ories came back strongly, however, and, after some missed opportunities, Andrew Ellis finished an inside break well to give Ories the advantage at halftime.
It was much the same at the start of the second half and Ories' endeavours were again rewarded when Tuga Mativa dashed 60 meters to score after 50 minutes. HOBM responded and after sustained pressure, Wall crashed over for his second to ensure a tight finish. Despite being camped in their own 22 for the last minutes, Ories hung on for the victory.
Who stood out: Brothers Sione and Pau Halafihi were immense for Ories, both dangerous with ball in hand and
prominent in close to the ruck. James Proctor showed good speed to make numerous inside breaks. For HOBM, Parataiso Silafai-Leaana continued his recent good form and Wall deserved his two tries.
The upshot: Ories will be pleased to hang on and on another day may have streaked away. That they didn't may be a concern. HOBM couldn't quite pull off another unlikely win but with a string of home matches will be tough to beat. Next up: HOBM vs. Old Boys University at Hutt Rec, Ories vs. Tawa at the Polo Ground.
- Warwick Small
MARIST ST PATS 39 PETONE 29
Marist St Pats 36 (Cardiff Vaega 2, Ryan Setefano, Isaia Petelo, Nemani Waaka tries, Fa'atonu Fili 4 con 2 pen) Petone 29 (Keanu Moran, Tamati Samuels, Jared Kahu 2 tries, Carne Green 3 con, 1 pen). HT 26-10. Yellow cards: Mike Kainga (Petone prop) Nick Harrison (MSP lock).
Venue: Kilbirnie Park
Best and fairest: 3 points: Cardiff Vaega (MSP centre), 2 points:Jared Kahu (PETONE 1st five), 1 point: Fa'atonu Fili (MSP 1st five).
What happened: Petone gave Fa'atonu Fili too much room in the first half and the MSP playmaker was instrumental in nearly all of his side's tries. The home team's first try came with the veteran pivot making a clean break and setting up left wing Ryan Setefano. Then immediately from the restart Fili carved up the Villagers' midfield defence and fed Vaega for the first of his two tries.
The young Petone side cut the deficit with a penalty followed by an outstanding team try from a set piece where Nick Grigg broke the defence before setting Sam McNicol off on a run which led to a Keanu Moran try.
MSP scored two further tries before halftime to give them a commanding lead. Petone brought on Jared Kahu after the break and he made an immediate impact, setting up Tamati Samuels for a try.
MSP made the game safe with Vaega crossing for his second before Kahu scored two tries to give his team a bonus point from the match.
Who stood out: The hard running of MSP midfielders Cardiff Vaega and Isaia Petelo complemented by Fa'atonu Fili's play making proved the difference between these sides in a match of high quality. Jared Kahu's individual performance left Petone supporters wondering what might have been if he had been on the field earlier.
The up-shot: MSP have the safe number of points to qualify for Jubilee Cup and can now concentrate on winning the Swindale Shield. Petone have some tough games ahead and need at least two wins to avoid the Hardham Cup. Next up: MSP v J'Ville at Helston, Petone (Old Timers day) v Upper Hutt at Petone.
- Doug Smith
UPPER HUTT RAMS 20 TAWA 29
Upper Hutt Rams 20 (Apa Heemi, Hayden Schrijvers tries; Ben Aoina 2 con, 2 pen) Tawa 29 (George Tilsley, Tolu Fahamokioa, Joketani Koroi, Lotu Nuku tries; Randall Bishop 3con, 1pen) HT: 7-22. Yellow cards: Matt Luamanu (UH no.8), Siaosi Mafi (Tawa reserve), Matt Treeby (Tawa reserve).
Venue: Maidstone Park, Upper Hutt.
Best and fairest: 3 points: George Tilsley (Tawa winger), 2 points: Randall Bishop (Tawa fullback), 1 point: Josh Hunt (UH flanker).
What happened: An understrength Upper Hutt side could not match the power of table-topping Tawa at home on Saturday. Despite the narrow margin Tawa were in control for much of the encounter despite being without first five-eighth James So'oialo again. Upper Hutt did open the try-scoring after a bruising Matt Luamanu run set up prop Apa Heemi which sent a hint of an upset into the air.
Those locals' hope were dashed after Tawa ran in three tries before the break. The last 10 minutes of the first half proved costly and the real difference in the game. Tawa held on despite Upper Hutt looking rejuvenated in the second stanza.
Who stood out: It was no surprise that the NZ sevens rookie, George Tilsley, was a standout performer. Every time he had the ball he linked well with his inside backs. Randal Bishop kept the points ticking over and was a calming influence under pressure at times. His clearance kicks were an unsung hero. Upper Hutt's Josh Hunt was tireless in defence, illustrated by his mangled jersey by full-time.
The up-shot: Tawa remain top of the table and look locked-in to claim the Swindale shield for 2014. However, they face Ories next who are another strong force in the competition. Upper Hutt have recorded back-to-back losses after a strong start to their campaign and will look to get back on track against an improving Petone side.
- Jack Biggs
WAINUIOMATA 27 PONEKE 15
Wainuiomata 27 (John Monu 2, Shahn Eru tries; Tyler Tane 3 con, 2 pen) Poneke FC 15 (Palauni Moananu, Tauasosi Tuimavave tries, Tuimavave con, pen). HT: 20-8 to Wainui. No cards.
Venue: William Jones Park, Wainuiomata.
Best and Fairest - 3 points: Ben Tupuola (Wainui no 8), 2 points: Galu Taufale (Poneke openside) Shahn Eru (Wainui lock), 1 point: Corey Draper (Wainui halfback).
What happened: Wainuiomata won back the Hakaraia Trophy and simultaneously denied Poneke any bonus points, who remain dead last on the Swindale competition ladder for the second week in a row.
Wainui took 16 minutes to post first points but they did it with class as 1st five-eighth John Monu broke through 3 tacklers to score by the posts and opened a small gash where Poneke bled 13 more points within the quarter. No one in the red and black team was hearing any fat ladies singing though and Poneke broke their drought with a pushover try from blindside Palauni Moananu before the halftime whistle.
Poneke started the second half well with their NZ U20 fullback Tuimavave collecting an offload to score and convert his own try. There was no denying Wainui, especially on their home turf and once their third try by Monu was converted it was out of reach and out of time for Poneke.
Who stood out: Wainui's Ben Tupuola probably chewed through 200 running metres and made 100 hit ups alone while being a menace to handle. Co-piloting the madness in front with Shahn Eru, Wainui's pack made it look easy in greasy conditions. Poneke's Galu Taufale can hold his head high and proud. Busting his guts out, he made brave choices in tough situations.
Next week: Poneke hosts the Axemen for their Old Timers Day and will 'paper, scissors, rock' their table position. Wainui head to PoriruaPark and can solidify their table position if they keep Northern United out and with bonus points to boot.
- Florence Masoe
WELLINGTON 20 NORTHERN UNITED 29
Wellington 20 (Tony Smith, Jaco de Waal, Vaea Fifita tries; Matthew Goosen pen, con) Northern United 29 (Perry Hayman, Jackson Garden-Bachop (2) tries; Jackson Garden-Bachop pen (4), con). HT: 3-20. Yellow card: Sam Gardiner 36'. Red card: Dudley Parsons 77'.
Venue: Hataitai Park
Best and Fairest: 3 points: Jackson Garden-Bachop (Norths centre), 2 points: Dean Brunsdon (Wellington flanker), 1 point: Vaea Fifita (Wellington flanker).
What happened: In a game dominated by the forward packs, closely contested rucks led to the first Wellington penalty. After that, the game swung to the more energetic Norths team, who piled on 20 points before the half. Pressure from both teams in the rucks caused turnovers that almost led to a runaway Wellington try, but a forward pass halted that break.
Mistakes were rife throughout the game, but it was Norths who managed to capitalise in the first half. Wellington had four consecutive attacking possessions end with a knock-on. It was their early second-half substitutions that sparked their first try. Wellington came close late in the game with the Norths' sending-off, but another penalty let them down.
Norths' superior execution won the game on the day.
Who stood out: Dean Brunsdon and Sani Taylor did the bulk of the attacking work for Wellington, always gaining ground when they had the ball and causing trouble for the Norths forwards with their pace. Damien Winter was a strong presence off the bench. Jackson Garden-Bachop was the standout player and his positioning was key to his scoring two tries.
The up-shot: Wellington find themselves in 11th place despite their strong forward pack. Northern United are in ninth place and will need stronger performances to keep moving up the table. Next up: Wellington play Poneke at Kilbirnie Park. Norths play Wainuiomata at Porirua Park.
- Simon Dennis
OLD BOYS UNIVERSITY 25 JOHNSONVILLE 6
Old Boys-University 25 (Mathew O'Connor, Ian Kennedy, Jonathan Fuimaono tries; Greg Mullany 2 pen, 2 con) Johnsonville 6 (Hiro Nakata 2 pen). HT: 13-3. Yellow card: Con Williams (OBU).
Venue: Helston Park.
Best and fairest: 3 points: Adam Hill (OBU flanker), 2 points: Hadleigh Parkes (J'ville second five-eighth), 1 point: Ian Kennedy (OBU lock).
What happened: It wasn't quite a David v Goliath match-up but with the likes of Ian and Ross Kennedy and Adam Hill in their pack, Old Boys-University were always going to hold the upper hand where it counts most. And they did. J'ville did well to spoil a number of their lineouts but, in the second spell especially, the OBU scrum proved far too dominant and their slick backline was thus able to keep the pressure on the locals.
OBU had a huge territorial advantage with the wind in the first half but excellent J'ville defence contained them till they scored right on halftime to take a 13-3 lead to the break. OBU didn't look seriously troubled in the second spell and led 18-6 before a try on fulltime added a little more respectability to their winning margin.
Who stood out: Hill, the Kennedys and livewire No 8 Teariki Ben-Nicholas were always at the forefront of a very solid OBU forward effort. Hurricane Hadleigh Parkes carved off some big metres with a booming boot for J'ville while loosies Louis Karl and Corey Lawrence, as usual, tackled anything that moved.
The upshot: OBU will be happy enough to take the win and they look right on track to contest the Jubilee Cup round. J'ville, without a couple of key personnel, found the going too tough but defended with their usual vigour.
- Steven Moffatt
- The Dominion Post
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