Marist goes so close to win

Central Leader - - SPORT -

The Marist Saints needed to give ev­ery­thing they had in their clash against Pt Chevalier Pi­rates for round 15 of rugby league’s Ap­pli­ance Shed Fox Me­mo­rial Shield on July 6.

But at the fi­nal whis­tle the Saints could only man­age a 28-28 draw against the sec­ond-placed Pi­rates.

With only four wins from 14 out­ings this sea­son, the Saints trav­elled to Block­house Bay know­ing that ev­ery­thing needed to be left out on the field if they had any hopes of grab­bing the points and forc­ing their way into the top four.

It was the Pi­rates who man­aged to grab the open­ing points when cap­tain Ian Hayes crossed and gave Jonathan Carl an easy con­ver­sion.

Fur­ther tries to Matiu Love-Henry and Saula Solomona had the Saints up 20-6 and the game was slip­ping away from the Saints with half­time ap­proach­ing.

For­tu­nately Peter Save­lio grabbed a four-pointer for Marist right on the hooter mak­ing it a 20-12 half­time score in favour of the Pi­rates.

The ideal start af­ter the break for Saints fans had Lo­keni Gavet cross to bring the scores that much closer JJ Saena con­tin­ued his flaw­less kick­ing to add the ex­tra two points and bring life back into the Saints pack.

Marist con­tin­ued with their mo­men­tum and went close again when Tangi Ropati re­ceived a long ball from half­back Ed­die Leavai only to be forced into touch with the try line just inches away.

Solid de­fence had the Saints strug­gle to make many me­tres un­til Lo­keni Gavet broke the line and sent the ball out wide.

Af­ter a few des­per­ate passes be­tween the legs, Gavet found him­self hold­ing the ball again.

Lung­ing for the try line he grounded the ball but was deemed to have put a foot into touch and the game re­mained a tie.

Bot­tom-placed Bay Roskill Vik­ings were also look­ing to grab a valu­able win over the Otahuhu Leop­ards.

But it wasn’t to be and the Vik­ings had to ac­cept a 56-22 de­feat.

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