Whiti Te Ra continue winning way

GEORGE HEAGNEY
Last updated 12:00 02/06/2014

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Despite uncertainty about when and where their game actually was, Whiti Te Ra carried on with another big win in Manawatu club competition.

Whiti Te Ra beat the Kia Ora Warriors, 46-22, in Otaki on Saturday, after the venue and kickoff time was changed late in the week.

Meant to be a home game for Whiti Te Ra, the match was originally scheduled for Fitzherbert Park in Palmerston North, but was shifted to Otaki.

The teams didn't know if the game was starting at 1pm or 2pm until 11am that morning and they eventually kicked off at 1.30pm.

The change didn't help Whiti Te Ra, who made a slow start and were down 12-0 in the first six minutes.

But that sparked them into action and they responded with 30 points to lead 30-12 at halftime.

Kia Ora started the second half strongly, but Whiti Te Ra kept up their hot form in the second half, led by prop Shanti Davis and centre Pat Nanai, to get the win.

The Linton Cobras returned from the bye week with a 46-38 win over Feilding at the army camp.

Linton got out of the blocks fast and built up a big lead before Feilding fought their way back into it, with their big forwards running strongly and their bench had a major impact.

In the second half they kept trading tries, but Linton always held about a 10-point buffer.

The Cobras were missing a number of regulars and used several reserve players.

Prop Codie Christensen turned it on for Linton, scoring a hat-trick and kicking five conversions for a 22-point haul, while halfback Neihana Brown Ratahi had a good game with his kicking and defence.

A powerful second half saw the Levin Wolves crush Wanganui Boxon 48-12 in Wanganui.

The first half was tight and Levin were ahead just 12-8 at the break.

But they went up a level in the second half, started completing their sets and played smarter rather than relying on their physicality and they piled on the tries.

Prop Ethan Keith was Levin's man of the match and scored a good try, making a 40-metre run on the fifth tackle, beating several defenders to score.

Levin face Whiti Te Ra in Levin next week. The Ohakea Magpies had the bye.

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- Manawatu Standard

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