North­ern hit hard in the rain

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

North­ern United’s long un­beaten run was brought to a halt in the rain at Porirua Park on Satur­day, with Hutt Old Boys-Marist the win­ners fol­low­ing a tor­rid con­test.

The re­sult leaves Norths, for once, mid-ta­ble, but it is still early days in the Ju­bilee Cup.

Ori­en­tal-Ron­go­tai and Poneke are the only sides un­beaten in the first two rounds.

HOBM had all the ter­ri­tory in the first half but only led 13-7 at the break.

Al­though Norths con­ceded fol­low­ing a botched clear­ance, they scored a try as only they can. Api Naika­tini broke the line 30m out and Nene Va’alepu did the rest.

The ag­ile sec­ond-five would score again very late, but un­for­tu­nately HOBM hung on for the 20-19 vic­tory.

Tawa, mean­while, lost 21-7 at Lyn­d­hurst Park to fel­low Swin­dale Shield side Old Boys-Univer­sity.

They face Poneke B this Satur­day, with Norths tak­ing on Up­per Hutt in the Ju­bilee Cup.

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