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