Luck of the draw for league squads

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

A top of the table clash in the third round of the Ap­pli­ance Shed Fox Memo­rial Shield saw the Pt Che­va­lier Pi­rates locked in a draw with the Man­gere East Hawks on Saturday.

An early penalty op­por­tu­nity for the Hawks was un­suc­cess­ful af­ter Eko Malu pulled it right.

It wasn’t un­til the 15th minute when Pt Chev spread it wide and Manu Ash­ford scored that points went on the scoreboard.

It was nearly two in two min­utes when Ash­ford went close again but the staunch Man­gere de­fence held him out and turned the ball over.

Good field po­si­tion had the Hawks hard on at­tack, with Car­los Hotene man­ag­ing to equal with a try un­der the posts.

Fur­ther tries came from Ken Mau­malo who grabbed a dou­ble and hooker Ter­rence Phillips who had Man­gere up 18-4 at half­time.

Com­ing out af­ter the break, the Pi­rates scored first with Tavita Latu squeez­ing through the Hawks de­fence.

Within min­utes the Pi­rates were back in the game when the ball was spread wide for Ash Harawira Naera to run in un­op­posed and make it 18-16 to the Hawks af­ter an un­suc­cess­ful con­ver­sion.

Pt Che­va­lier took the lead when Harawira Naera grabbed a dou­ble.

The Man­gere East Hawks looked to be tir­ing and with time tick­ing away the game was on the line un­til Lafu Fea­gaiga came rag­ing off the bench. With seven min­utes to go he gave the lead back to Man­gere East.

The Pi­rates went on to break the Hawks de­fence from the kick-off and spread the ball to score out wide with just min­utes left on the clock.

But a dif­fi­cult con­ver­sion was missed and af­ter time ran out the score re­mained 24-24.

Pon­sonby also fin­ished the week­end in a 37-37 draw with Eastern Sub­urbs in round two of the Alan McEvoy Memo­rial Shield on April 13.

Photos: PHOTOTEK

Un­beaten: Man­gere East Hawks’ James Dowie is tack­led by Pt Che­va­lier Pi­rates player Jeremiah Pai.

Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bournews. co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion for more photos of the Fox Memo­rial Shield clash.

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