Norths beaten in nail-biter

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

North­ern United find them­selves in an un­fa­mil­iar midtable po­si­tion af­ter three rounds of Swin­dale Shield club rugby, fol­low­ing their nail­bit­ing 35-27 loss to Marist St Pats on Satur­day.

In sunny con­di­tions, in front of a small crowd, MSP took their first win over Norths in six at­tempts in style, with their for­ward dom­i­nance the ul­ti­mate dif­fer­ence. With scores locked 13- all at half­time, Norths used the wind be­hind them and their su­pe­rior back­line to open up a handy 27-13 lead 10 min­utes into the sec­ond half.

Mana Faraimo and a bril­liant solo run by Perry Hay­man sug­gested the home side would ac­cel­er­ate away but MSP dug deep and scored four tries to take the win.

Norths’ cause was not helped as they had a man sin­binned when down 28-27 and MSP kept the ball in among the for­wards to run down the clock.

Play of the day went to A J Va’alepu, the pacy Norths’ winger shoot­ing 70m down the grand­stand touch­line mid­way in the first half, fin­ish­ing off with a swan dive into the corner.

Tawa, mean­while, notched up the first points of their 2012 cam­paign with a 35- 12 win over Old Boys-univer­sity in the Lyn­d­hurst Park sun­shine.

In a re­play of last year’s Hard­ham Cup final, the home team played out of their skins in the sec­ond spell to steam­roll OBU. Cap­tain and hooker Matt Treeby col­lected a dou­ble as Tawa made their op­po­nents pay for turn­ing the ball over at set-piece time.

Veteran Wil­lie Lafaele dot­ted down with 10 min­utes left to se­cure a bonus point.

Norths’ loss has them in sev­enth place on 6 points, one spot ahead of Tawa. Both are well adrift of Swin­dale lead­ers Ories (14 points).

There is a full round of club rugby ac­tion to­mor­row (An­zac Day), with a lo­cal derby at Porirua Park – Norths v Tawa at 3pm.

Dot­ting down: North­ern United sec­ond-five Perry Hay­man scores a su­perb try in the sec­ond half against MSP. But it wasn’t enough to pre­vent his side record­ing its sec­ond loss in the Swin­dale Shield on Satur­day.

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