Rugby club gets first win of season
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.’’