Ad­van­tage lost at the end

Central Leader - - Sport - By Scott Mor­gan

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.

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