‘Same old, same old’ Ponies top lad­der

Central Leader - - Sport - By Scott Mor­gan

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.

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Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Solid de­fence: Pon­sonby flanker Sean Mor­rell is tack­led by Paku­ranga’s Kori Ru­pene and Chris Bond at West­ern Springs on Satur­day.

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