Marist takes it to Pon­sonby

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

A 10-try spec­tac­u­lar saw rugby ri­vals Pon­sonby and Marist go­ing tit-for-tat in a clas­sic bat­tle that had the Mt Welling­ton vis­i­tors claim a 39-34 vic­tory on Satur­day.

Pon­sonby coach Nico No­mani says he is frus­trated with his team’s first half per­for­mance.

‘‘It was silly mis­takes from us they re­ally let them in.

‘‘We did work hard and I’m proud that we kept in it but we re­ally need to work on how we play in the first half.’’

Both first five-eighths had the op­por­tu­nity to open the scor­ing but in­stead traded missed penalty at­tempts early in the match.

It was 18-year-old Pon­sonby winger Vince Aso who reg­is­tered the first points with a classy try in the cor­ner.

With the scores level at 17-all, Marist made things look all too easy tak­ing the lead for the first time late in the half with some in­di­vid­ual bril­liance from New Zealand Un­der-20 full­back Leroy Van Dam.

Pon­sonby kept at­tack­ing right to the half­time break and went close on two oc­ca­sions only to be let down by poor han­dling.

They came out with a re­newed vigour in the sec­ond spell when Mur­ray Wil­liams closed the gap on the score­board al­most im­me­di­ately with a penalty in the open­ing minute.

Cap­tain Joe Royal, play­ing his last game for the club, stole the lead with a try un­der the posts, which Wil­liams con­verted.

But Marist hit straight back through the boot of Somerset, nar­row­ing the score to 27-25.

Marist 39 (L Fuko­fuka, T Timo, F Fili, L Van Dam, A Somerset tries, A Somerset 4 con, 2 pen)

Pon­sonby 34 (T Koon­waiyou 2, V Aso, J Royal, W Ngalu­afe tries, M Wil­liams 3 con, pen) Half­time: 22-17

Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour news.co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion for more pho­tos of the match.

Photo: AN­THONY AU-YE­UNG/PHOTOSPORT

Clas­sic bat­tle: Pon­sonby’s Roger Tuamo­h­eloa in ac­tion at Western Springs against Marist.

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