Paty claims upset win over Pukekohe
Patumahoe’s form surged as they took the Counties Power Cup off Pukekohe in the Counties Power game of the week at Patumahoe Domain on the weekend.
The home-side frustrated Pukekohe by shutting down their attack and kept their opposition scoreless in the second half to win 24-11.
Led superbly by number eight Tamati Fromm, who plays well above his weight, and inspired by the terrific play of Willy and Sam Furniss, the Patumahoe side played better and better as the game wore on.
After a less-than-impressive win over Papakura last week, coach Jeff Maka said he was proud of the big improvement in his side as they took the silverware including the Tresco Cup contested between the two neighbours. ‘‘You could see it in the guys’ eyes that they were really up for it.’’
Maka was especially happy with how his team played without the ball and how quickly they stood up to their opposition. ‘‘I thought as a whole everyone played very well. The loosies played really well today and put pressure on Pukekohe.’’
The biggest result of the week saw Karaka bounce back from a first-up loss to Pukekohe to thrash defending champions Bombay 56-3 in a performance that will send shock waves across the competition.
‘‘They were missing a few of their big guns but we can only play against who they put out,’’ Karaka coach Craig Hill said.
Onewhero picked up their first win of the season and the Gumboot when they held off Te Kauwhata 36-19 in their annual Gumboot Challenge at Onewhero Domain.
Former Steelers rep and Onewhero head coach Adam Cathcart was much happier with his side’s effort this week after losing to Bombay in week one.
‘‘It was a pretty big improvement to be fair. Especially with ball in hand – we really looked after it this week.’’
Ardmore Marist moved to the top of the table with a dominant 57-27 win over Waiuku.
In the first game played on the new turf at Rugby Park in Waiuku the visitors jumped out to a big halftime lead.
‘‘We went in there wanting to dominate their set piece and we established that in the first half,’’ Ardmore Marist coach Saua Leaupepetele said.
Waiuku coach Alex Leger paid tribute to Sam Cole in his 150th match for the club.
‘‘Sam Cole led from the front and he pushed his team with pride and passion and they fought back hard,’’ Leger said.
Manurewa, another first round loser, hit back with a one-sided 59-7 win over Papakura at Mountfort Park. The home side blew Papakura off the park with a nine tries to one victory.
Siosifa Pole gets his finger tips to a lineout throw in the Counties Manukau Premier Club rugby game between Patumahoe and Pukekohe. PHOTOS: RICHARD SPRANGER