Tawa hopes sunk by weather bomb
Stormy weather made for lowscoring matches in Jubilee and Hardham Cup rugby on Saturday, with Northern United held to a draw and Tawa suffering a narrow loss.
A weather bomb that hit the region right about kickoff time saw Rimutaka and Tawa nearly blown off the exposed Maoribank Park. Lightning, thunder, wind and even hail were present and the ground cut up considerably.
In the vital clash, going a long way to seeing who will be playing Swindale Shield rugby next year, Rimutaka prevailed 12-8.
After battling to a 12-0 lead, with the wind at their backs, the home side dug in and held off a desperate Tawa side.
The result sees the two sides tied on nine points after five matches, but they are only three points off second place.
Over the hill at William Jones Park, Wainuiomata and Northern United drew 7-all. Piri Weepu’s introduction in the 60th minute proved crucial, his leadership sparking Wainui to score a late try and lock up the scores.
In the first half, Nene Va’alepu benefited from some quick thinking by halfback TJ Perenara to score out wide. Despite terrible conditions, both sides tried to play running rugby, with Perenara guiding his team around well.
But Norths will rue lost opportunities in this one, even though the result sees them hang onto third, with 17 points. Ories have 23, Poneke 20, while Norths’ closest challengers are Hutt Old Boys-Marist, with 14.
Mud bath: The Rimutaka and Tawa rugby sides played their hearts out in atrocious conditions in Upper Hutt on Saturday, with Tawa suffering a serious setback in their desire to play top-level football next season.