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