Pon­sonby smash Teach­ers East­ern

Auckland City Harbour News - - Sport - By Scott Morgan

Pon­sonby con­tin­ued their un­beaten run in the Auck­land pre­mier club rugby com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day af­ter thrash­ing Teach­ers East­ern 36-0 at Orakei Do­main.

The win keeps them at the at the top of the Alan McEvoy Tro­phy ta­ble thanks to three bonus point vic­to­ries.

Pon­sonby coach Si­mon Scott says their cam­paign is “start­ing to click a lit­tle bit” af­ter los­ing in the fi­nal of the Waka Nathan pre­sea­son com­pe­ti­tion in March.

“Our at­tack was good in the first half and we’re re­ally happy that Teach­ers didn’t score any points.”

He says blind­side flanker Pom Si­mona dom­i­nated the home side’s defence with some hard hit­ting tack­les in the sec­ond half.

And he is con­fi­dent the win­ning trend will con­tinue with sev­eral play­ers set to re­turn from in­jury and over­seas in the com­ing weeks.

“We’re start­ing to build our depth, which Pon­sonby has been fa­mous for.”

But Scott ad­mits they haven’t faced many of the top sides so far, with their match against Univer­sity this Satur­day set to be their tough­est chal­lenge of the sea­son.

“They’ve got some qual­ity play­ers, so we’ll have to bring our A-game to be com­pet­i­tive.”

On the flip­side, Gram­mar Carl­ton rugby coach Bran­don Jack­son is far from happy with his team’s per­for­mance against Waitakere City on Satur­day, de­spite com­ing away with a 1713 vic­tory.

The sides traded penal­ties for most of the match, scor­ing just one try a piece at Corn­wall Park.

“Both teams were di­a­bol­i­cal. The game just never got out of first gear,” he says.

“It wasn’t ex­actly an elated dress­ing room af­ter­wards.”

Jack­son is an­noyed at the ba­sic er­rors his team made, high­light­ing the at­ti­tude of his play­ers as part of the prob­lem.

“It’s mostly men­tal – each guy must be keen to put in his best per­for­mance on the track.”

Gram­mar’s next clash against bot­tom-placed Manukau on Satur­day will give them the op­por­tu­nity to re­dis­cover some form.

“The­o­ret­i­cally we should beat them and get a bonus point.

“But if we ex­pect that to hap­pen just by tak­ing the field we’re a prime can­di­date for an up­set.”

De­spite their scratchy per­for­mance against Waitakere, Gram­mar Carl­ton re­main un­beaten af­ter three rounds of the Alan McEvoy Tro­phy, sit­ting in fourth place.

Mean­while, Te Pa­pa­paWelling­ton de­feated East Ta­maki 20-7 at Fer­gus­son Park, while Eden-Roskill went down to Waitem­ata 21-7 at Grib­ble­hurst Park.

This week Pon­sonby face Univer­sity at West­ern Springs, Gram­mar Carl­ton play Manukau at Wil­liams Park, EdenRoskill visit Waitakere City at Waitakere Sta­dium 3 and Te Pa­pa­paMt Welling­ton take on Marist at Lis­ton Park.

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