Rich­mond deals to Pon­sonby

Auckland City Harbour News - - Sport - By Scott Morgan

Rich­mond took their first step to­wards turn­ing their sea­son around af­ter they de­feated Pon­sonby 34-16 in the Fox pre­lim­i­nary league se­ries on Satur­day.

“We lost three in a row be­fore that so we were get­ting pretty des­per­ate for a win,” Rich­mond coach John Teina says.

He cred­its the re­turn of hooker-come-half­back Pita Godinet from Auck­land Vul­cans duty as one of the ma­jor rea­sons for the win at Grey Lynn Park

The Auck­land Vul­cans, who play in the New South Wales Cup, are made up of top play­ers from the Fox se­ries and War­riors squad mem­bers not re­quired by the first grade side.

But Rich­mond have their work cut out for them in the com­ing weeks if they hope to make the top eight, with games against top sides North­cote, Mt Al­bert and Glenora.

“We’re try­ing to fo­cus on the men­tal side of things,” he says.

“Our young guys lack ex­pe­ri­ence, but we’re say­ing the right things to them and re­in­force what we’ve been go­ing over.”

The club cur­rently sit in eighth equal spot with Pa­pakura. At the top of the ta­ble Mt Al­bert con­tin­ued their un­beaten run, thump­ing Pa­pakura 52-12 at Fowlds Park, while Marist con­tin­ued their im­pres­sive form over­whelm­ing Te Atatu 40-14 at Murray Hal­berg Park.

And Bay Roskill went down to Ma­nurewa 42-28 at Le­a­bank Park.

This week Rich­mond visit North­cote at Birken­head War Me­mo­rial, Mt Al­bert face Paku­ranga at Ti Rakau Park, Bay Roskill host Otahuhu at Block­house Bay, Pon­sonby take on Te Atatu at Jack Colvin Park and Marist play East Coast Bays at Murray Hal­berg Park. All matches start at 2.30pm.

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