Tawa hopes sunk by weather bomb

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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.

Photo: PETER MCDON­ALD

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.

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