Vik­ings no match for Pi­rates

Central Leader - - SPORT -

The Marist Saints and Bay Roskill Vik­ings will need to up their games this week­end as both teams re­main lan­guish­ing at the bot­tom end of rugby league’s Ap­pli­ance Shed Fox Me­mo­rial lad­der af­ter round 14 of the com­pe­ti­tion.

The Marist Saints were left con­tem­plat­ing what might have been as the How­ick Hor­nets crossed the line to fin­ish the game 30-22 at Mur­ray Hal­berg Park on Satur­day.

How­ick have slowly been climb­ing the lad­der in re­cent weeks but old foes Marist found them­selves on the score­board early when Peter Save­lio went in un­touched.

The Hor­nets didn’t waste any time in hit­ting back with Charlton Brown go­ing in for his first and Kris­tian Tuima­seve putting them out in front.

The Hor­nets de­fence cracked again just be­fore the break to send Marist into the sheds up 16-10.

A see-saw­ing sec­ond half had both teams find­ing the try line but the How­ick de­fence seemed to hold out and with two min­utes to go they found them­selves up over the Saints 24-22.

The Saints were push­ing up fast with great dummy-half run­ning by their wingers. A mis­take by Marist on the last tackle handed the ball back to How­ick and from there the Hor­nets spread the ball wide to con- firm their win.

Across town in Walker Park, the Bay Roskill Vik­ings were on the wrong end of a 82-0 trounc­ing by the Pt Chevalier Pi­rates.

Af­ter grab­bing their first win of the sea­son last week the Vik­ings were look­ing to fol­low it up with an­other solid per­for­mance against a Pi­rates pack still con­fused at how they let slip a lead over Mt Al­bert the pre­vi­ous week. It seems that from the out­set the Pi­rates had some­thing to prove.

Through­out the first half they pro­duced re­lent­less pres­sure and found them­selves back in the sheds af­ter 40 min­utes 38-0 up over a hap­less Bay Roskill.

It didn’t get any bet­ter in the sec­ond half for Bay Roskill who con­ceded an­other 44 points to lose 82-0.

The Marist Saints face the Pt Chevalier Pi­rates and the Bay Roskill Vik­ings will meet the Otahuhu Leop­ards at Block­house Bay on Satur­day.

Photo: SHANE WENZLICK

De­jected: The Bay Roskill Vik­ings were trounced 82-0 by the Pt Chevalier Pi­rates in round 14.

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