Paty claims up­set win over Pukekohe

Franklin County News - - OUT & ABOUT -

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

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