Ponsonby off pace but playoff in reach
They’re off the pace, but not out just yet.
Ponsonby’s premier rugby side will need to ‘‘look themselves in the mirror’’ this week after two consecutive losses, assistant coach Mark Hooper says.
Their 46-24 defeat to Waitemata in round three of the Alan McEvoy Premiership was especially painful for the coaches, with Ponsonby unable to register any points in the second half. ‘‘I don’t know what happened, we switched off a bit. I can’t put my finger on it.’’ Hooper says.
At Western Springs, it was Waitemata who went to the break with a five-point lead at 29-24.
Reiko Ioane scored two tries with Pryor Collier also grabbing his own five-pointer for the hosts.
However, Ponsonby crumbled in the second half and had no answers to wave after wave of Waitemata attack.
The visitors scored 17 unanswered points after halftime to bag maximum points from the fixture.
That loss has continued a horror fortnight for Ponsonby, who have only one win from their last three matches.
The good news is the squad’s fully fit and only four points off a playoff spot. But only four matches remain to get things clicking again. ‘‘We’ve got the guys to do the job,’’ Hooper says. ‘‘It’s just one of those things you want to write off.’’
Ponsonby’s Andew Boyle takes off with Waitemata’s Jared Klaver in chase.