Winners cry foul over tactics
Grammar Carlton rugby coach Brandon Jackson is sick of dangerous shots to the head in Auckland club rugby.
Jackson’s comments come after several Papatoetoe players were sin-binned in his side’s 29-3 victory over the south Auckland side at Cornwall Park on Saturday.
“We had one guy who got punched in the jaw and fell to his knees,” he says.
“It’s just a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt.”
But Jackson is concerned that swinging arms remain a longterm blight on the game.
He says last season a player was concussed so badly it affected his studies for several weeks after the incident.
And his solution is simple.
“I’d rather see the red cards come out sooner rather than later.”
Jackson says there’s still plenty of room for improvement after his side’s performance against Papatoetoe.
“We’re pleased to win, but pretty frustrated we didn’t finish things off like we should have,” he says.
“We created heaps of chances but butchered about five or six opportunities.”
Papatoetoe coach Monty Nanai says his team adopted a physical approach in search of the ball, as well as building on a strong defensive game.
Nanai says he has to accept the referee’s decision to sin-bin three of his players.
“To me it’s up to the call from the ref. No one can change the law.”
Substitute loose forwards Irwin Finau and Blues’ player Onosai Tololima-Auva’a provided some much needed spark for Grammar Carlton in the second half.
Both men dotted down to put the result beyond doubt.
Grammar remain the only unbeaten side after seven rounds of the competition, but Jackson knows his side have to step up the intensity if it’s going to stay that way.
“If we play like we’re capable of, I think we can do it, but we need to play better than the last two weeks.”
A 37-6 win by Ponsonby over College Rifles at Rifles Park saw them move back into the top four with a bonus point, after scoring six tries to one against the home side.
And Te Papapa-Mt Wellington broke the half century against Manukau 57-13 at Fergusson Park, while Eden-Roskill were upset 35-19 by Otahuhu at Fearon Park, giving the visitors their first win of the season.
This week Grammar Carlton take on Teachers Eastern at Orakei Domain, Ponsonby host Te Papapa-Mt Wellington at Western Springs and Eden-Roskill play away against Papatoetoe.
All matches start at 2.45pm.
Slipping through: Grammar Carlton fullback Jerome Niumata eludes Papatoetoe defenders George Tupeu, below, and Fetutasi Ma-Chong at Cornwall Park on Saturday.