The Bell Block Marist Dragons continued on their winning way in Taranaki premier rugby league with an emphatic 60-10 win over the Coastal Cobras in Opunake on Saturday.
The first half was an even contest, with a committed Coastal side going close on several occasions.
However, it was the Dragons who posted points first leading 12-0 after 20 minutes through tries to left wing Teu Cash and fullback Taani Prestney who converted both.
The Cobras fought back strongly through an outstanding run by Arepa Bishop resulting in a try for diminutive halfback Roydon Stewart. Just before halftime, Marist half Aidan Prestney scored near the posts to increase the visitors' lead to 18-6.
The Dragons ran in eight tries in the second spell, several long-range efforts after Coastal either spilled the ball on attack or had a call go against them.
One such foray by the Dragons showed great skill as they off-loaded five times in one set leading to a third try to Taani Prestney who impressed with 26 points for the game.
For the final 20 minutes, the Dragons ran in five tries to a consolation try to Massey Makea from Coastal.
For Marist Dragons, Taani Prestney was a standout with his positional play and speed. His brother Aidan sparked things from halfback and capped a fine game with a try. In the forwards, the Martin brothers hooker Dee Jay and second rower Cody showed exceptional speed to score a try each.
For Coastal, Stewart had a lively game, while centre Jason Rankin and wing Shannon Smith formed a strong combination out wide.
In the other match, Western Suburbs Tigers had to battle hard to head off the Hawera Hawks 30-24 in Hawera.
The Waitara Bears had the bye.
There will be no games this Saturday, with Taranaki Sharks playing Hawke's Bay Unicorns at Yarrow Stadium on Sunday.
- Taranaki Daily News
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