Carl­ton get a break in sec­ond half play

Central Leader - - Sport - By Scott Mor­gan

Tough­ing it out in blus­tery first half con­di­tions paid div­i­dends for the Gram­mar Carl­ton rugby side dur­ing their 4013 win over Otahuhu on Satur­day.

While they only led 12-6 at the break, play­ing into a strong head­wind, coach Bran­don Jack­son says his side took con­trol with the breeze at their back.

“We didn’t re­ally get our rhythm right in the first half, but started to be much more clin­i­cal in the sec­ond.”

Jack­son sin­gled out loose for­wards Dean Budd and Hamish Pater­son as “out­stand­ing”.

He says Budd has made a ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion to the team since be­ing se­lected in the Auck­land Air New Zealand Cup squad last year and the Blues’ wider train­ing squad this sea­son.

“When you get play­ers who’ve played at a higher level, it lifts the whole team.”

He’s re­signed to los­ing Budd for this week’s clash with old foes Pon­sonby, with the Blues’ en­tire loose for­ward trio suf­fer­ing in­juries in their Su­per 14 clash against the Reds on Satur­day.

Jack­son says the way Gram­mar Carl­ton pre­pared for this sea­son is much dif­fer­ent to last year, but he’s pleased with how things are pro­gress­ing so far.

“Last year we had the top four sides in the first five weeks. This year we’re looking to peak later in the sea­son rather than the beginning,” Jack­son says.

Mean­while Pon­sonby de­mol­ished Eden- Roskill 57-7, while Te Pa­papa-Mt Welling­ton lost to Waitakere City 36-17.

On Satur­day, Gram- mar Carl­ton clash with Pon­sonby at West­ern Springs, Eden-Roskill visit Manukau at Wil­liams Park and Te Pa- papa-Mt Welling­ton lock horns with Waitem­ata at Waitem­ata Park.

All matches start at 2.45pm.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

On the charge: Gram­mar Carl­ton cen­tre Tutu Tairea at­tempts to break through the tackle of Otahuhu’s Ola­ju­won Noa, left, and Jack Petelo.

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