Mixed fortunes in schools’ league
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.