Drop­sies see Carl­ton take a fall

Central Leader - - Sport - By Scott Mor­gan

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.

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