St Pat’s test Norths in pun­ish­ing match

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North­ern United re­main un­beaten for the sea­son but sur­vived a stern test from Marist St Pat’s as the Ju­bilee Cup round of club rugby got un­der way on Satur­day.

For­wards Ai­den Cains and John Fata both spent time in the sin bin but MSP, de­spite con­trol­ling much of the play, could not turn their nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage into points.

The 13-8 score­line in Norths’ favour at Porirua Park was in­dica­tive of the wet con­di­tions, mak­ing the home side’s usual ex­pan­sive play dif­fi­cult.

MSP crossed for a try early in the first half and played the bet­ter rugby, get­ting more num­bers to the break­down.

They de­served their 8-6 half­time lead, Norths staying within touch­ing dis­tance, thanks to the boot of James So’oialo.

Where the home side got par­ity was in the scrums, with Hur­ri­canes prop Ja­cob Ellison at the head of a mon­ster ef­fort, MSP’s pack pushed off the ball time and again.

It took un­til the fi­nal quar­ter for Norths to win it, a mis­take by MSP cen­tre Apoua Ste­wart in clear­ing a kick from his own line seized upon by Norths – Ellison capped a huge game by scor­ing the match-win­ning try.

Tawa, mean­while, lost its first game in the Hard­ham Cup, 32-3 to Avalon, whom they had beaten the week ear­lier. It was a clash of two teams who had dropped down from the Swin­dale Shield, but it was a one-sided af­fair at Fraser Park.

This week­end, Norths host Hutt Old Boys-Marist at Porirua Park, and Tawa play Old Boys-Univer­sity at Lyn­d­hurst Park. Both games kick off at 2.15pm due to the Hur­ri­canes match at West­pac Sta­dium later that evening.

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