Advantage lost at the end
Missed opportunities cost Te Papapa-Mt Wellington during their 27-26 loss to Manukau in the Alan McEvoy club rugby competition.
Despite leading 15-8 at halftime, they couldn’t maintain their advantage even with a strong wind at their backs in the second half.
Te Papapa-Mt Wellington assistant coach Teina Clark says his side found it difficult to maintain their form for the entire 80 minutes.
“I think we started off with a hiss and a roar into the wind. Just a couple of crucial mistakes cost us right at the end.”
Clark says under different circumstances, the team would have taken shots at goal to put them in front in the dying minutes rather than going for another try.
“When you’re under the pump you have to make those decisions quickly. It’s always nice in hindsight when you slow everything down.”
After making the semifinals of the pre-season Waka Nathan Cup tournament, Clark says it’s disappointing to have only notched up one win this year.
“We’ve had some injuries and flu, which inhibits our training.
“If you lose a couple of key guys, it really does hurt us.
“We’ve just got to do the best we can in the circumstances,” he says.
In other action competition leader Ponsonby were too good for College Rifles, winning 24-3, while Grammar Carlton scraped home 20-19 against Papatoetoe.
And Eden-Roskill couldn’t keep pace with Otahuhu, losing 58-8.
Next week Ponsonby visit Te Papapa-Mt Wellington at Hamlin Park, Grammar Carlton take on Teachers Eastern at Cornwall Park and Eden Roskill welcome Papatoetoe to Fearon Park.
Matches start at 2.45pm.