Waikato fall from title race

Waikato's slim hopes of making the semifinals of the men's national amateur interprovincial tournament disappeared with another defeat yesterday morning.

Waikato went down 3-2 to Manawatu-Wanganui in their round six clash in Dunedin to fall out of the reckoning for the last-four matches to be played today. They recovered to beat Wellington 3-2 to finish fourth in their pool, with three wins and 16.5 points from six matches, behind semifinal qualifiers Southland and Manawatu/Wanganui and third-placed Auckland.

The team's No 1 Compton Pikari went down 4 and 3 to one of the country's leading amateur performers, Josh Munn against Manawatu/Wanganui. Ho Jun Sung, at No 4, was Waikato's only individual victor as he hammered Junior Tatana 5 and 4, while No 2 Luke Toomey and No 5 Steven Kuggeleijn each recorded halves against Lachie McDonald and Hayden Ring respectively.

In their afternoon encounter against Wellington, Pikari bounced back to defeat Marc Jennings 4 and 3, to give the talented Te Awamutu teenager a record of two wins, a half and three losses from his Division One matches. Sung was again a standout with a 2 and 1 win over Adam Church.

Waikato Times