Team fine tuning at­tack style

Central Leader - - Sport - By Scott Mor­gan

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.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

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.

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