Ponies look­ing to jump up to first place

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

The Pon­sonby Ponies will be look­ing to make amends and get their sea­son back on a win­ning track in the bat­tle for the rugby league Man­dron Ma­sonry Phe­lan Shield to­mor­row.

When the Pon­sonby side took to the field against the Mt Welling­ton War­riors at Vic­to­ria Park on May 25 they had the op­por­tu­nity to climb into equal first place but it was an op­por­tu­nity lost with the War­riors tri­umph­ing 20-12.

From the out­set the Ponies proved their met­tle in the dif­fi­cult con­di­tions, more than match­ing their op­po­nents de­fen­sively, but they were guilty of fail­ing to re­spect the football on at­tack.

Through­out the first 40 min­utes the Ponies failed to com­plete a set.

But they went to the break down only 10-0 and a sec­ond spell saw a rein­vig­o­rated Pon- sonby side fight their way back into the match with two un­con­verted tries.

The Ponies were on the verge of an up­set of the pre­vi­ously un­de­feated War­riors but af­ter a charged-down kick, which could have yielded the go-ahead try for the team, was called by the ref­eree for a knock-on the match turned again.

The Ponies con­tin­ued to fight back and set up the op­por­tu­nity to take the game in the last five min­utes only for it to yield an in­ter­cept try to the War­riors on the buzzer.

To­mor­row the Ponies will host Hi­bis­cus Coast Raiders at Vic­to­ria Park.

Lost op­por­tu­nity: The Pon­sonby Ponies are hop­ing round eight of the Man­dron Ma­sonry Phe­lan Shield com­pe­ti­tion will see them climb to the top of the ta­ble.

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