Tem­pest hits sea­son opener

Franklin County News - - SPORT - JOHN BOYN­TON

It was a wet and wild start to the Coun­ties Manukau Rugby McNa­mara Cup, with a num­ber of tight tus­sles over the week­end.

Coun­ties Power Cup hold­ers Pukekohe came from be­hind to snatch a 29-26 win over Karaka at Colin Lawrie Fields in Pukekohe.

Pukekohe coach, Vil­iame Seti­taia said his team’s ill dis­ci­pline cost them in the open­ing half as they trailed 14-10.

In the sec­ond half, Seti­taia said Pukekohe’s set pieces started to come to­gether and the team was able to gather mo­men­tum.

‘‘It could have gone ei­ther way, we were lucky to come through.’’

Pukekohe half­back Christie Gre­gor was a stand­out for the team, Seti­taia said as a num­ber of play­ers were tri­alled at half­back dur­ing pre-sea­son.

‘‘He con­trolled the game re­ally well and he kicked re­ally well.’’

De­fend­ing McNamra Cup cham­pi­ons Bom­bay kept Onewhero score­less in a dom­i­nant 41-0 vic­tory at Bom­bay.

Aaron Smith, Jor­dan Gold­smith, Mitchell Thack­ham, Sam Vaka and Haamiora Clarke all scored tries while Jor­dyn Wal­ters slot­ted four con­ver­sions and a penalty.

Bom­bay coach Jeff Marr was pleased with his side’s first com­pe­ti­tion match of the year.

‘‘We had to work pretty hard. We had a dom­i­nant for­ward pack and we worked hard to get our points to be hon­est.’’

Pa­tuma­hoe proved too strong for Pa­pakura with a 27-8 win Do­main.

Pa­tuma­hoe coach Jeff Maka said his side was far from their best.

‘‘It was good. I’m happy. It was a bit messy but I will take the win.’’

Ard­more Marist were able to keep Ma­nurewa at bay in the sec­ond half to se­cure a 33-19 win.

Ard­more Marist coach Saua Leau­pepetele said he was pleased with the de­termi- at Pa­tuma­hoe na­tion his side showed hav­ing spent much of the game with­out the ball.

‘‘We didn’t have the ter­ri­tory or the pos­ses­sion - it was just a big de­fen­sive ef­fort from the boys.’’

Waiuku were able to stretch out a small half time lead to grab a 26-14 win over Te Kauwhata.

Play­ing at Te Kauwhata Do­main, Waiuku scored four tries and in the process se­cured a bonus point win.

Bom­bay’s Pa­trick Ma­soe makes a break past Onewhero’s Eli­jah Koaneti.

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