Ponsonby smash Teachers Eastern
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.