Norths re­turn to form

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

North­ern United ar­rested their re­cent slide with a fine win over Hutt Old Boys Marist, while Tawa are ru­ing an­other one that might have been, in the lat­est round of Swin­dale Shield rugby.

Tawa fell 34-20 to an ex­cel­lent Up­per Hutt side at Maid­stone Park on Satur­day and re­main sec­ond-to-bot­tom in the stand­ings with a 1-5 win-loss record for the sea­son. They fought back gamely af­ter be­ing be­hind 20-8 at the break, to get to 27-20, be­fore a late try made the game, and the Mexted Mo­tors Tro­phy, safe for the home team.

Co-coach Steve So’oialo said ‘‘it was the same old story – get­ting into good po­si­tions but com­ing away with noth­ing’’.

They have played the com­pe­ti­tion’s top sides so far and not been badly beaten by any.

‘‘We have been in ev­ery sin­gle one of our games, but some­thing like an in­ter­cept or bad de­ci­sion­mak­ing is cost­ing us. It’s a lack of ex­pe­ri­ence at the wrong time, we have not had an 80 minute per­for­mance yet.

‘‘ Up­per Hutt are a well­struc­tured side that are go­ing in the right di­rec­tion this year.’’

So’oialo says the big chal­lenge is to get re­sults in their re­main­ing fix­tures and push hard for a Ju­bilee Cup spot. De­spite the five losses, he says the spirit in the squad is ‘‘tight’’ and they have the heart and tal­ent to win matches.

Norths, mean­while, had a heart­en­ing 35-13 win at the Hutt Rec over the pre­vi­ously un­beaten HOBM.

Af­ter a tight tus­sle in the first 40, Norths turned on the jets, show­ing some Swin­dale magic of old with four sec­ond-half tries.

Cen­tre and goal kicker Perry Hay­man was the star turn, dot­ting down twice and kick­ing well for 20 points. Dean Bruns don, Johnny Te­leaga and Kose Tuimavave also crossed.

Both Tawa and Norths play at home this Satur­day, host­ing Poneke and Pe­tone re­spec­tively. Frank Rees’ re­turn to Porirua Park will make for com­pul­sory viewing.

Break­ing away: Prop Tolu Fa­hamokioa makes a bid for Tawa’s half in Satur­day’s Up­per Hutt game.

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