Tough time for Pon­sonby Ponies

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT - By JU­LIAN RAETHEL

One win from six games doesn’t make for pretty read­ing.

Pon­sonby Ponies coach David Solomona knows that bet­ter than any­one.

The step up to the Sharman Cup rugby league com­pe­ti­tion this year has been a tough one for the side from Vic­to­ria Park.

Twelve play­ers are on the in­jury list and a fur­ther four are un­avail­able.

Hav­ing half-a-dozen study­ing for uni­ver­sity ex­ams also takes away some of the fo­cus.

But this side is not about mak­ing ex­cuses, it’s about try­ing to fin­ish the job.

‘‘Things are click­ing now,’’ Solomona says. ‘‘ The last two games we lost in the last 15 to 20 min­utes.’’

That in­cluded the 32-22 loss to the Paku­ranga Jaguars last Satur­day.

Pon­sonby were in con­trol at Vic­to­ria Park up un­til the last 20 min­utes when the Jaguars took over mo­men­tum.

The loss leaves Pon­sonby an­chored at the bot­tom of the ta­ble.

‘‘Ei­ther there’s not enough gas in the tank or once the other team start scor­ing we al­most throw the towel in,’’ Solomona says.

‘‘It’s al­most like we’re say­ing: ‘We’re only here for 60 min­utes’.’’

But Solomona says he’s still proud of his team’s ef­forts and feels a win is not far away.

They’re tar­get­ing their next match against the Pa­p­a­toe­toe Pan­thers this Satur­day.

‘‘If we play like we did last week, there’s no rea­son why we can’t col­lect the two points.’’

Solomona is even drawing in­spi­ra­tion from his for­mer club out west.

‘‘Look at Waitem­ata now – they beat East Coast Bays last week,’’ he says.

Ponies’ Faa­gase Mil­ford at­tempts to wres­tle his way through.

Jaguars’ Moronae Fatu­paito is stopped in his tracks by the Ponies tack­lers.

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