Swin­dale ram raid by Wests

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

North­ern United’s stran­gle­hold on the Swin­dale Shield in re­cent sea­sons seems all but over, af­ter they suc­cumbed to a shock 27-11 loss to Wests on Satur­day.

Tawa, mean­while, sit sec­ond­bot­tom af­ter their 31-23 de­feat by high- fly­ing Wainuiomata on Old Timers Day at Lyn­d­hurst Park.

Satur­day’s loss con­tin­ues a top­sy­turvy sea­son for the Ross Bond­coached Norths, who have now won two and lost three. They beat neigh­bours Tawa 26-13 on An­zac Day but the loss to Wests means they are in sev­enth place on 10 points, a whopping 13 be­hind com­pe­ti­tion lead­ers Hutt Old Boys Marist.

They were down 11-6 at half-time at Ian Gal­loway Park, with Wests’ loosies Scott Fuglistaller and Blade Thompson prov­ing the dif­fer­ence. The home side played with the wind af­ter the turn­around and two fur­ther penal­ties put them out to 17-6. A Dean Bruns­don try gave the trav­el­ling fans hope but a late try and penalty made the mar­gin com­fort­able.

Tawa’s de­feat means Wainuiomata hang on to the Chris Stir­ling Cup. Af­ter con­ced­ing three tries in the first half, they roared back to within a point in the sec­ond spell but Wainuiomata scored late on to take the win.

This Satur­day Norths face Hutt Old Boys Marist away, while Tawa go to Maid­stone Park to do bat­tle with the handy Up­per Hutt side.

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