Quiet start for league heav­ies

Central Leader - - SPORT -

It was a match-up of the heavy­weights in round 17 of rugby league’s Ap­pli­ance Shed Fox Me­mo­rial Shield as the Marist Saints and the Pa­pakura Sea Ea­gles went head-to-head.

A quiet open­ing stanza ex­ploded in the 24th minute when An­drew Sau ran through the Marist de­fence, flat­ten­ing four de­fend­ers be­fore even­tu­ally be­ing dragged down me­tres short.

But from there it was an easy catch and pass try out wide for the Sea Ea­gles and with the con­ver­sion suc­cess­ful it was 6-0 to Pa­pakura.

The Sea Ea­gles fin­ished off the half with a bang, Solo­man Smith eas­ing through to make it 10-2 at half­time.

Marist man­aged to get on the board early in the sec­ond half when Misi Ma’u went in af­ter a Sea Ea­gles’ mis­take saw him re­gather and run 50 me­tres to score un­touched.

On the 60-minute mark Peter Save­lio grabbed the Saints’ sec­ond mak­ing it 18-14 Sea Ea­gles with five to go. With time tick­ing down, the Sea Ea­gles man­aged to wrap it up through dy­namic full­back Ge­orge Edwards, win­ning it for Pa­pakura 24-14.

Two rounds re­main­ing and the Northcote Tigers held a two-point ad­van­tage go­ing into their game with the Bay Roskill Vik­ings. But the Vik­ings have shown enough this sea­son to say that it is not yet over.

A per­fect start for the Vik­ings had Sione Ni­u­vao cross and with a suc­cess­ful Par­iti Matiu con­ver­sion it was an early lead to Bay Roskill.

Five min­utes later the day got even bet­ter for the Vik­ings, An­drew Tuise got on the end of a Chris Per­e­nara bomb and made his way un­der the sticks to make it 10-0.

Fi­nally, Northcote man­aged to find a way through the Bay Roskill de­fence and af­ter much con­fu­sion as to whether the ball was grounded, the Tigers were awarded the try.

Com­ing out af­ter the break we wit­nessed a near-per­fect open­ing 10 min­utes from the Vik­ings. Putting pin point kicks be­hind the Tigers’ line even­tu­ally led to a Lamese West try and al­lowed the Vik­ings to ex­tend their lead.

Northcote con­tin­ued to pound away at the Vik­ings’ line and man­aged to pull back two late tries.

But it was not enough and the Vik­ings man­aged to grab a valu­able win, down­ing the Tigers 38-34.

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