Young stars

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Welling­ton’s un­der-13 rugby side, who have had an un­beaten year to date, can be thank­ful for the in­put of their North­ern United stars.

Un­til the week­end just gone, the rep­re­sen­ta­tive side had scored 470 points and con­ceded just 40, in­clud­ing an 81-0 thrash­ing of Poverty Bay, a 55-5 hum­bling of Manawatu and an 81-5 de­mo­li­tion of Can­ter­bury Metro.

Of the nine Norths boys, four hail from Ti­tahi Bay and the rest from Porirua. Their lo­cal coach, Wil­lie McMahon, says they’re among the bright­est tal­ent in the re­gion.

‘‘These boys have got the goods – they’ve had one of the best sea­sons for Welling­ton that I can re­mem­ber.’’ The key is to re­tain them in the Norths setup, he says.

Next gen­er­a­tion: These North­ern United lads have flour­ished in the black and yel­low of Welling­ton and have bright fu­tures in rugby. From left, back row, Len­nox McMahon, Ker­rod Foaese, Wil­liam Sila and Darcy Tay­lor-Roun­tree; front row, Ke­mara Hauiti-Para­para, Paul Bickle, Losi Filipo, Pa­trick Akavi-Ah­nau and Jor­dan Birch.

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