‘Same old, same old’ Ponies top ladder
Ponsonby produced another dominant performance to maintain a perfect record in club rugby this season.
The Ponies took out Pakuranga 39-3 on Saturday at Western Springs.
Ponsonby coach Simon Scott says the club’s strong player base is one of the major keys to its success in the Alan McEvoy competition this year.
“It’s the same old, same old,” he says. “Depth is really important and thankfully it has worked out for us so far.”
Strong reserve, under-21 and under-19 teams have filled the void when the top team have lost players through injury and representative duties.
“Injuries are always difficult but we’ve got plenty of good players.”
Despite the scoreline against Pakuranga, Scott says they had to work hard for the win, with the home side only up 15-3 at the break.
“The score doesn’t really tell the whole story. Our guys had a really good second half, but Pakuranga defended very well.”
Scott says halfback Roger Tuamoheloa’s distribution to the backline was particularly impressive, earning him player of the day.
In other action, Grammar Carlton lost to University 10-6 in the dying minutes of a low-scoring match at Colin Maiden Park, which sees them slip to fourth place on the table.
A spirited performance from the Eden-Roskill Eagles wasn’t enough to secure a win against Teachers Eastern, going down 24-15 at the Orakei Domain.
And Otahuhu were too good for Te Papapa-Mt Wellington coming away with a 36-17 win at Sturges Park.
On Saturday, Ponsonby face East Tamaki at East Tamaki War Memorial Park, Grammar Carlton take on Suburbs at Cornwall Park, Te Papapa-Mt Wellington clash with Papatoetoe at Hamlin Park and EdenRoskill host University at Gribblehirst Park.
Matches will start 2.45pm.
Solid defence: Ponsonby flanker Sean Morrell is tackled by Pakuranga’s Kori Rupene and Chris Bond at Western Springs on Saturday.