Century score in a league of its own
It’s not very often a team cracks the century mark in rugby league.
But it’s something Mt Albert did for the second time this season after they demolished Ellerslie 104-8 at Ellerslie Domain on Saturday in the Fox preliminary series.
Their first 100-plus win came at the start of the year against Ponsonby.
Mt Albert coach Brent Gemmell says the wins reflect the fact that they’re still in the grading round of the competition.
“It’ll shift to a new level when we move into the top eight,” he says.
Gemmell was pleased with the performance of former Ellerslie players Paul and David Fisiiahi, as well as Warriors underprop Eddie Purcell, who scored two tries in the rout.
Purcell was able to stay on the field for the full 80 minutes because there were so many breaks for tries and conversions.
“To get up to 104 points you need to get to the back end of your sets,” Gemmell says.
In other action Marist solidified their place in the top eight with a 4814 victory over Manurewa, while Richmond’s finals hopes are slipping away after they lost to Otahuhu 34-16.
Ponsonby pushed Howick close but lost out 26-16, while cellardwellers Bay Roskill didn’t disgrace themselves against Te Atatu, going down 33-22.
Next week Mt Albert host Mangere East at Fowlds Park, Marist take on Ponsonby at Murray Halberg Park, Richmond face Papakura at Prince Edward Park and Bay Roskill play East Coast Bays at Whitney St.