Norths vault up cup lad­der

Tawa slip to fifth

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

North­ern United forced their way into top four con­tention with a fine 31-18 win over Hutt Old BoysMarist in Welling­ton club rugby’s Ju­bilee Cup on Satur­day, ef­fec­tively re­plac­ing their neigh­bours Tawa.

Tawa went down to Marist St Pats 20-13 in a game that never lacked in­ten­sity. Time was al­most up at Evans Bay Park, with a draw on the cards, when MSP scored at the death to break the vis­i­tors’ hearts.

Tawa had drawn level in the sec­ond-half when cen­tre Ju­nior To­gia took a quick tap and scur­ried over for 13-all. Late in the game a long-range penalty ef­fort to take the lead missed wide.

The result sees Tawa drop to fifth, their spot in the top four taken by Norths, who showed their cal­i­bre with an ex­cel­lent win over the Swin­dale HOBM.

Lock Te­lea Seu­manutafa was the star of the show with a re­mark­able four tries, two in each half of the game.

His sec­ond-half ef­fort, where he chipped, chased and re­gath­ered to dot down was su­perb, and his fourth try pushed his side out to 26-11. HOBM hit back but Norths put the game away im­me­di­ately from the sub­se­quent kick­off, No 8 An­thony Masina charg­ing down a HOBM kick and run­ning in to score.

With three rounds to play be­fore

Shield

hold­ers the semi­fi­nals, it could not be tighter. Un­beaten Ori­en­talRon­go­tai (19 points) are al­most as­sured of a spot in the top four, with MSP, Wainui (both 14) and Norths (13) close be­hind. Tawa are on 11 points, well ahead of sixth place Up­per Hutt (3).

This week­end Tawa host Up­per Hutt at Lyn­d­hurst Park, while Norths take on Ories at Porirua Park.

In the Hard­ham Cup, Norths B lost to Old Boys-Univer­sity 34-10, while the club’s women’s team beat Stokes Val­ley 20-7 to stay top of their ta­ble.

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