Mixed for­tunes in schools’ league

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

No teams from the Porirua basin re­main un­beaten af­ter the first three rounds of the rugby league schools com­pe­ti­tion, although Aotea Col­lege did push reign­ing cham­pi­ons Up­per Hutt Col­lege all the way last week.

In week one in Stephen Kear­ney Cup play, in late Au­gust, only Bishop Viard came away with a win, cour­tesy of their de­feat of ri­vals Mana Col­lege.

In week two (Septem­ber 7-8), Porirua Col­lege beat Bishop Viard 30-24, Mana went down to Otaki 38-0, Ron­go­tai de­feated Tawa 20-18 and Aotea recorded an ex­cel­lent 24-10 vic­tory over Hutt In­ter­na­tional.

Last week, Bishop Viard drew 22-all with Otaki, Porirua Col­lege had their sec­ond win, over­com­ing Mana 24-10, Tawa suf­fered a heavy 40-18 loss to Welling­ton Col­lege, while Aotea fell to Up­per Hutt 30-20.

Aotea Col­lege were only down by four at the break, af­ter scor­ing the first try of the match to sur­prise their vis­i­tors from the Hutt Val­ley. Ev­ery time Up­per Hutt re­sponded, Aotea upped the ante, but they were ul­ti­mately un­done by poor han­dling and bad de­ci­sions at cru­cial times.

Only late on did Up­per Hutt, win­ners of this com­pe­ti­tion in 2009 and 2010, pull away and make the game safe. Aotea tack­led well and looked likely with the ball in hand, with big full­back Julius Ruhi a stand­out.

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