Dropsies see Carlton take a fall
A determined Ponsonby side maintained their unbeaten run in the Alan McEvoy club rugby competition on Saturday, defeating Grammar Carlton 27-14.
Winger Adam Siddall slotted five penalties for Ponsonby, putting the result beyond doubt at Western Springs, after the home side crossed the line twice compared with Grammar Carlton’s solitary try.
Ponsonby coach Simon Scott says the match was a real test for his side.
“It was a great performance from our guys, but Grammar asked a lot of questions of us – probably more than any other team.”
But spending large amounts of time in the opposition’s half meant Grammar Carlton had limited attacking opportunities.
“We kicked our goals and had a lot of field position, which paid dividends,” Scott says.
Grammar Carlton coach Brandon Jackson says his side just weren’t good enough on the day.
“We were pretty average to be honest. I don’t think we turned up mentally prepared enough.”
Jackson says basic errors, like dropping the ball near Ponsonby’s tryline, cost them dearly.
However the former Auckland rep is pleased his side were com- petitive, even though it wasn’t their best performance this year.
“We didn’t play that well, but still could have won the game, so it’s not that bad.”
Other matches saw Waitemata thrash Te Papapa-Mt Wellington 58-7 at Waitemata Park, while Eden-Roskill suffered a narrow 12-7 loss to Manukau at Williams Park.
Next week Ponsonby host College Rifles at Western Springs, Grammar Carlton take on Papatoetoe at Kingswood Park, Te Papapa-Mt Wellington visit Manukau at Williams Park and Eden-Roskill challenge Otahuhu at Sturges Park.
Matches start at 2.45pm.