Univer­sity too strong for Ponies

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT - By BEN ROGERS

Pon­sonby Ponies couldn’t match the strength of Univer­sity at the week­end de­spite hav­ing the home crowd ad­van­tage.

Univer­sity have claimed the Alan McEvoy Tro­phy fin­ish­ing atop of Auck­land’s premier club rugby com­pe­ti­tion lad­der.

End­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son in style, Univer­sity trav­elled to Western Springs and beat a re­silient Ponies side 34-20.

Univer­sity drew first blood af­ter a turnover saw the vis­it­ing back­line carve through the Ponies’ de­fence.

Winger Lachie Cooper touched down for the first of his two tries in the match.

Things took a turn for the worse for Pon­sonby when for­ward An­thony Di­ack was shown a yel­low card.

Univer­sity ex­erted their dom­i­nance with the one-man ad­van­tage putting on 15 points while Di­ack was in the sin­bin.

The score was 20-10 at half­time and the Ponies strug­gled to get back into the match as Univer­sity showed why they’re the team to beat.

Next week the com­pe­ti­tion for the Gal­la­her Shield be­gins with Univer­sity tak­ing on Manukau Rovers at home and Pon­sonby host­ing Pa­p­a­toe­toe.

Should both teams win they could meet each other again in the semi­fi­nals. Gram­mar TEC will take on Col­lege Ri­fles and Paku­ranga tack­les Waitem­ata in the re­main­ing quar­ter­fi­nals.

Photo: PHO­TO­SPORT

Strong de­fence: Pon­sonby’s Te­vita Ha­funga is tack­led by Univer­sity play­ers Sam McLer­non, left, and Si­mon Healy.

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