Rugby club gets first win of sea­son

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Pon­sonby have fi­nally got their 2017 cam­paign un­der­way, de­feat­ing last year’s Gal­la­her Shield fi­nal­ists Gram­mar TEC 34-13 in round three of Auck­land’s premier rugby com­pe­ti­tion.

The club had strug­gled to click through the early stages of the premier com­pe­ti­tion after mak­ing the fi­nal of the Waka Nathan pre­sea­son cup, los­ing to Univer­sity and Paku­ranga in the open­ing two rounds.

How­ever, with Pon­sonby’s sea­son al­ready under threat just three weeks in, and need­ing a re­sult to keep with the com­pe­ti­tion lead­ers, the club stepped up on Satur­day.

‘‘That was by far our best per­for­mance,’’ head coach Peter Leu­luso’o said.

‘‘There’s still a few things in our game we need to work on, but in terms of the at­ti­tude and the pas­sion, it’s all there.’’

Leu­luso’o said while ev­ery­thing had been work­ing well for his side off the field, they just couldn’t con­vert that to an on­field per­for­mance in the open­ing stanza of the sea­son.

Mean­while, Gram­mar TEC coach Sam Ward was dis­ap­pointed with the re­sult but said he’s con­fi­dent his side has what it takes to bounce back.

‘‘As dis­ap­point­ing as Satur­day was, there is a whole heap of things we did bet­ter on Satur­day than we have so far,’’ Ward said.

‘‘At times we prob­a­bly played our best rugby of the year.’’

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