Front row leads the way for win
A dominant performance from the Ponsonby front row helped their team secure an impressive 59-3 win over Waitakere City in the Alan McEvoy club rugby competition.
Ponsonby coach Simon Scott says the combination of club stalwart Sam Fifita, former Manu Samoa hooker Johnny Meredith and youngster Sione Mau gelled quickly at Western Springs on Saturday.
“They’re looking very good. They’ve dominated a number of teams over the last couple of weeks.”
The reigning champs racked up nine tries during the victory, including a double to veteran first five Brett Williams.
But Scott says stopping Waitakere from crossing the tryline was just as important.
“They pushed us hard in the last 10 minutes, but we kept them out.
“Our defence is what made last season successful for us.”
The addition of Blues players Jay Williams and Winston Stanley also gave Ponsonby a boost when they took the field.
“That experience and the little bit more thinking that goes on at that top level is really important for us,” Scott says. “We’ve got a lot of depth at the moment.”
He isn’t taking anything for granted with players changing clubs during the off-season, which can make it difficult to know what to expect so early in the season.
“I think some teams have gone up in strength and some have gone down.
“It will take a few weeks to see who’s performing and who’s not,” he says.
Meanwhile Grammar Carlton had a convincing 4410 win over Te Papapa-Mt Wellington at Cornwall Park, while College Rifles narrowly defeated Eden-Roskill 17-14 at Gribblehirst Park.
On Saturday Ponsonby visit Eden Roskill at Gribblehirst Park, Grammar Carlton host Otahuhu at Cornwall Park and Te Papapa-Mt Wellington take on Waitakere City at Hamlin Park.
Matches start at 2.45pm.
Driving forward: Ponsonby prop Sione Mau is dragged down by Waitakere City’s Malu Fuimaono during their club rugby match at Western Springs on Saturday.