Game of two halves

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

St Paul’s still proudly sit at the top of their pool in the Col­lege Rugby League Pre­mier First XIII go­ing in to the next round of the com­pe­ti­tion to­day.

But Western Springs Col­lege are lan­guish­ing at the bot­tom of their pool af­ter a sec­ond-half come­back by West­lake Boys High School in round three of the com­pe­ti­tion on May 15.

Western Springs led 12-0 at half­time and an up­set looked on the cards but West­lake con­tin­ued its strong start to the com­pe­ti­tion, mak­ing it three from three by beat­ing them 28-12 in the match of the round.

De­spite the greasy con­di­tions from an ear­lier down­pour the first 10 min­utes pro­vided some good qual­ity rugby league with both teams com­plet­ing their first few sets.

Western Springs used their big for­ward pack to work their way up the field with Tau Kali and hooker Shechi­nah Tumu-Makara scor­ing tries near the posts, both of which were con­verted.

The sec­ond half looked promis­ing for Western Springs and they dom­i­nated in the first 10 min­utes.

But against the tide West­lake scored the first try which seemed to lift the team and they started to keep their share of the ball.

Mike Philips at half back and Ben Mcin­tyre at stand­off started to shift the ball and pro­vide variation in the at­tack with a mix­ture of short and long pass­ing re­sult­ing in a num­ber of gaps open­ing up in the Western Springs de­fence.

The score quickly be­came 12-12 and the last 15 min­utes be­longed to West­lake.

They raced out to a de­ci­sive 28-12 win.

Try: Western Springs dom­i­nated the first half of their clash against West­lake Boys High School only to be beaten 28-12 at the fi­nal whis­tle.

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