Saints’ re­vival sinks Leop­ards

Central Leader - - SPORT -

A 50-me­tre drop­kick on full­time capped a re­mark­able come­back for the Marist Saints in their rugby league fix­ture with the Otahuhu Leop­ards at the week­end.

The Saints man­aged an im­pres­sive sec­ond half come­back to beat the Leop­ards in a close 33-32 vic­tory in round 16 of the Ap­pli­ance Shed Fox Me­mo­rial Shield on Satur­day.

They were up against a pack des­per­ate for points to crack the top four and by half­time were left won­der­ing what had hit them.

Down 28-8, Marist had con­ceded five tries to the ruth­less Leop­ards.

But Kaleni Fraser came out of the sheds and scored im­me­di­ately giv­ing his mates some mo­men­tum.

A seem­ingly dif­fer­ent Marist for­ward pack in the sec­ond half con­tin­ued to make in-roads through a non-ex­is­tent Otahuhu de­fence and Josh Ta­maseu-Rus­sell be­came a ma­jor bene­fac­tor.

Two tries in the open­ing 10 min­utes of the sec­ond half and the Saints were start­ing to sense a come­back.

And when Kaleni Fraser pow­ered over to bring it back to 26-28, an almighty come­back was a re­al­ity.

When Ate­lea Nafe­ta­lai scored the Otahuhu Leop­ards thought they had done enough but a missed con­ver­sion put a stop to that.

Marist’s JJ Saena then crossed the chalk. The con­ver­sion locked things up at 32-32.

In the end it all came down to a drop goal and what bet­ter way for the Saints to grab a come­back than to knock over a 50-me­tre drop­kick as the hooter sounded.

Mean­while the Bay Roskill Vik­ings suf­fered an­other heavy de­feat this time at the hands of the Pa­pakura Sea Ea­gles who racked up the points to de­feat the Vik­ings 56-10. Round 16 Re­sults: Marist Saints 33 (8) V 32 (28) Otahuhu Leop­ards Pa­pakura Sea Ea­gles 56 (18) V 10 (0) Bay Roskill Vik­ings

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