Patty re­tains Coun­ties Power Cup

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Pa­tuma­hoe re­tained the Coun­ties Power Cup, took hold of the Zane Perkins Cup for the first time in a num­ber of years and re­mained the only un­beaten side in the McNa­mara Cup with a 26-23 win over Bom­bay at Pa­tuma­hoe.

Bom­bay had the game un­der con­trol for 79 min­utes and demon­strated so much of the com­po­sure that has seen them win four straight cham­pi­onships but a fired up home side man­aged to steal vic­tory at the death in a dra­matic match.

A penalty try ul­ti­mately de­cided the out­come of the game – Bom­bay had been pe­nal­ized a num­ber of times in the red zone in the mo­ments leading up to full­time.

Pa­tuma­hoe coach Reon Gra­ham was thrilled to get the re­sult in such a tough en­counter.

‘‘To get it right at the end was re­ally good,’’ he said.

‘‘It just showed the boys didn’t give up. They had to dig deep for it es­pe­cially when they got away on us in the first half.

‘‘It was a tough bat­tle that we knew we were go­ing to get and it could have gone ei­ther way.

‘‘We will take heaps from it es­pe­cially re­act­ing un­der pres­sure.

‘‘We didn’t re­act too well un­der pres­sure – it wasn’t un­til we started scor­ing some points that we went back to our game and started re­lax­ing a bit.’’

Gra­ham thinks that win will have a last­ing im­pact on his side, giv­ing them some real be­lief that they can match it with the best sides in the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘That and they have had the wood on us for the last few years so it is good to get one back,’’ Gra­ham added.

Lock for­ward Willy Fur­niss was named AS Wil­cox Player of the Day and he earned praise from his coach.

‘‘Willy Fur­niss’ work rate was out­stand­ing and Jimmy Brady re­ally put his hand up against his old club. It meant a lot to him and boys got around him and tried to win it for him,’’ Gra­ham said.

‘‘The Royal broth­ers as well who backed them­selves in the li­ne­outs at the end and brought it home.’’

Pukekohe bounced back from last week’s loss to Pa­tuma­hoe with an im­pres­sive 27-8 win over Ma­nurewa at Mount­fort Park.

It ended Ma­nurewa’s un­beaten run to start the sea­son.

Pukekohe coach Mark Price thought the win came on the back of a strong show­ing from his team’s for­ward pack.

‘‘The boys dropped a lit­tle bit last week against Patty, who is a very good side, to bounce back and get a win like that up at Ma­nurewa, which is never easy, was very pleas­ing.

‘‘A lot of the praise def­i­nitely will have to go to our for­wards.

‘‘We knew they had a very good for­ward pack and a good size pack so we had to front and they did. They laid a good plat­form in the wet and the for­wards re­ally stood up.’’

Pukekohe had a slow start against Karaka in round one be­fore re­ally kick­ing into gear and get­ting the win.

They lost a scrappy game to Pa­tuma­hoe in round two be­fore an im­pres­sive third round win yes­ter­day.

Price is comfy with where his side is at this far into the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘At this time of the sea­son – it is hard to gauge where ev­ery­body is at un­til you start hit­ting that fourth or fifth round.

‘‘We still have some guys to come back from in­jury so we are pretty happy.’’

Onewhero con­tin­ued their strong start to the sea­son as they held off Waiuku 28-22 at Rugby Park in Waiuku.

Les­ley Vainikolo praised his side’s for­ward pack for tak­ing it to an­other side known for its play up front.

‘‘I think the boys played re­ally well. We knew Waiuku was go­ing to be a hard team to play at home.

‘‘I am re­ally happy with our for­wards – when you have strong per­for­mances from the for­wards it makes it eas­ier for the backs.

‘‘We have some strong lead­ers there and they did re­ally well.’’

Onewhero has won two from three to start the sea­son and were un­lucky not to have got­ten the points against Bom­bay in round one. It sends en­cour­ag­ing signs about what the team is ca­pable of this sea­son.

‘‘The re­sults will look af­ter them­selves so I am con­cen­trat­ing on build­ing this team,’’ Vainikolo said.

‘‘Look­ing at last year they prob­a­bly should have won some of the games they lost and I am try­ing to push past that stage of there be­ing no ifs or buts.’’

Ard­more Marist recorded their sec­ond suc­ces­sive win in beat­ing Pa­pakura 45-14.

Af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing first 40 min­utes in round one Ard­more Marist has kicked into gear and strung to­gether some strong per­for­mances.

Coach Doug Sanft is happy to see im­prove­ment each week.

‘‘I think we had a good start,’’ he said.

‘‘We went through our pro­cesses with how we want to play the game. It got a bit un­tidy in the sec­ond half as guys got a bit in­di­vid­ual but they are all learn­ings for us.

‘‘We were a bit more clin­i­cal on our op­por­tu­ni­ties when we got in their 22.’’

He nom­i­nated his tight for­wards as those that stood out.

‘‘I think our front row,’’ Sanft said.

‘‘Pa­pakura has a heavy pack but our young guys in the front row they looked good yes­ter­day. They have put in the ex­tra work this week.’’

Karaka scored their sec­ond win of the sea­son as they thrashed a short-handed Te Kauwhata 59-6 at Karaka Sports Com­plex.

Sale­si­tongi Save­lio, Iafeta Lua­manu and Ti­mote Asi all bagged dou­bles while Rod­ney Ton­gotea, Desma Li­aina, Soakimi Hav­ili also crossed the line for the home side.

‘‘An­other good win for us,’’ said coach Scott Pen­ney.

‘‘We had a few of the se­nior boys away this week, which was a good chal­lenge for us.

‘‘We man­aged to put a lot of the younger boys out in­clud­ing three Auck­land Gram­mar boys straight out of school and give them a taste of prem rugby, which was ex­cel­lent.

‘‘In a lot of books, 50 points, you’d take that any day.

‘‘But just look­ing at our team and what we are achiev­ing in re­gards to our lit­tle tar­gets for de­fense and at­tack we are chug­ging on quite nicely.’’

In Premier 2 ac­tion Pa­pakura se­cured an im­pres­sive 15-10 win over Ard­more Marist.

Pukekohe recorded a 50-17 win over Ma­nurewa W while McNa­mara Cup (Premier 1): Ard­more Marist South Auck­land Mo­tors 45 (Sione Tuip­u­lotu, Michelan­gelo Sosene-Fea­gai, Save­lio Ropati, Katetis­toti Nginingini, SauaKur­tis Leau­pepe, Liam Fitzsi­mons, Poly­ne­sia Crich­ton tries; Latiume Fosita 5 cons); Pa­pakura 14 (Jimmy Tui­fua, Ge­orge Crich­ton tries; Faalae Peni 2 cons), HT: 26-7. Ma­nurewa 8 (Asaeli Le­hauli tries; Pisi Leilua pens); Pukekohe 27 (Trent White, Ian West Stevens, Vil­iami Vake, Gre­gor Christie tries; Joe Reynolds 2 cons; Joe Reynolds pens), HT: 0-8. Pa­tuma­hoe (Coun­ties Power Game of the Week and Coun­ties Power Cup Hold­ers) 26 (Penalty try, Richard Tau­paki, Theodore Solipo, Craig Jones tries; Ri­ley Ho­hepa 2 cons); Bom­bay 23 (Shaun Muir, Jor­dan Gold­smith, Liam Daniela, tries; Tim Cossens cons; Tim Cossens 2 pens), HT: 7-23. Karaka 59 (Sale­si­tongi Save­lio 2, Iafeta Lua­manu 2, Ti­mote Asi 2, Rod­ney Ton­gotea, Desma Li­aina, Soakimi Hav­ili tries; Juan Be­nadie 7 cons); Te Kauwhata 6, HT: 40-6. Waiuku 22 (Te­vita Halafihi 2, Kara­pani To­gafau Aper­ila tries; Ro­nan Lawrence 2 cons; Ro­nan Lawrence pens); Onewhero 28 (Sean Bagshaw 2, Filipe Pau tries; Rhain Strang 2 cons; Rhain Strang 3 pens), HT: 14-11. Bob Chan­dler Memo­rial (Premier 2): Ard­more Marist 10 Pa­pakura 15; Ma­nurewa 17 Pukekohe 50; Pa­tuma­hoe 26 Bom­bay 7; Te Kauwhata de­faulted to Karaka; Waiuku 69 Onewhero 10. Pa­tuma­hoe en­joyed a 26-7 win over Bom­bay and Waiuku had a 69-10 vic­tory over Onewhero.

It means Pukekohe, Karaka, Waiuku and Pa­tuma­hoe hold the top four po­si­tions af­ter three rounds

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