Cen­tury score in a league of its own

Auckland City Harbour News - - Sport - By Scott Morgan

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.

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