Pi­rates climb­ing the cham­pi­onship lad­der

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

The Pt Chevalier Pi­rates are go­ing from strength to strength climb­ing up rugby league’s Ap­pli­ance Shed Fox Me­mo­rial cham­pi­onship lad­der.

They showed no sign of let­ting up in Satur­day’s clash against strong con­tenders Man­gare East out­class­ing the South Auck­land side 48-14 in round 12 of the com­pe­ti­tion.

But the day didn’t start off well for the Pi­rates when half­back Jeremiah Pai pulled up lame be­fore kick­off and af­ter strug­gling through the open­ing set de­cided to pull the pin and re­duce the risk of fur­ther in­jury.

Aaron Nootai opened the scor­ing for Pt Chevalier when he re­ceived a Kyle Bos spe­cial af­ter the nuggety hooker was moved into the halves due to Pai’s in­jury.

Bos weighted a per­fect grub­ber that Nootai gath­ered to score.

Jonathan Carl had no is­sues with the kick and af­ter the first 10 min­utes the Pi­rates led the Hawkes 6-0.

Back to back sets al­lowed Man­gere East to get valu­able field po­si­tion and Ter­ence Phillips went close out wide.

But it was not un­til Atu­naisa Tupou crashed over un­der the cross­bar that Man­gere East had a chance to cel­e­brate.

The Pi­rates were down to a two man bench af­ter Dy­lan Moses be­came the vic­tim of a mon­strous Paul Tuli tackle and was es­corted from the field fail­ing to re­turn. Re­place­ment hooker Te­vita Latu made an im­me­di­ate im­pact af­ter the re­sump­tion of play and all the stunned Hawkes could do was watch as Carl scored and then con­verted his own try from the side­line.

A dom­i­nant Pt Chevalier heaped fur­ther points on to Man­gere East with Pa­trick Si­p­ley mak­ing a cross de­spite suf­fer­ing a dis­lo­cated shoul­der ear­lier in the half.

The Hawkes man­aged to get back in it just be­fore half­time.

Fine Fain­gaa con­tin­ued his try scor­ing dom­i­nance but the Pi­rates re­mained 18-10 up at half­time.

It was a dis­as­trous start to the sec­ond half for the Hawkes when Si­p­ley crossed not once but twice in the open­ing min­utes to grab a hat­trick for the game.

Things went from bad to worse for Man­gere East when a Phillips mis­take was picked up by Latu who man­aged to get on the score­sheet. Fur­ther in­juries to the Pi­rates threat­ened to de­rail their run in to the fi­nals when Willy Soren­son left mid­way through the sec­ond half with what could be a sea­son end­ing in­jury.

Fain­gaa grabbed his sec­ond for the day for the Hawkes late in the sec­ond half but it wasn’t enough to close the gap and the Pi­rates left the field on a high. Re­sults: Mt Al­bert Lions 46 (26) V 8 (4) Marist Saints

Score: Pt Chevalier’s Jonathan Carl scores in the tackle of Man­gare East’s James Dowie.

Pho­tos: SI­MON WATTS PHOTOTEK

Slipped through: Pa­trick Si­p­ley scores a try for the Pi­rates. Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour news.co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion for more pho­tos.

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