Team fine tuning attack style
It’s semifinals time for Te Papapa-Mt Wellington in the Waka Nathan Cup pre-season club rugby competition.
A 23-20 win over Waitemata at Fergusson Park on Saturday gave the club the right to face Marist this weekend.
Te Papapa-Mt Wellington assistant coach Teina Clarke says the win over last year’s premier competition runners-up is a huge boost after a last minute try secured the victory.
“We won right on the final whistle and never gave up.”
Clarke says they are still fine tuning their game plan so early in the season, but so far, so good.
“We don’t want to stifle the guys’ attacking flair, they’ve just got to know when to use it.
“There’s a time and a place for everything.”
And with between 50 and 60 players turning up to training, Clarke says it gives them more options than in previous seasons.
Meanwhile current premier champs Ponsonby had a narrow 20-18 win over Teachers Eastern at Tamaki College, while EdenRoskill were beaten 23-0 by Suburbs, knocking them out of the second-tier Pollard Cup.
On Saturday Te Papapa-Mt Wellington face Marist at Liston Park and Ponsonby take on Otahuhu at Fearon Park.
All matches start at 2.45pm.
Double trouble: Te Papapa-Mt Wellington’s Michael Finau, left, and Soni Foliaki crunch Waitemata fullback Larry Manu during their Waka Nathan Cup match at Fergusson Park on Saturday.