Norths vault up cup ladder
Tawa slip to fifth
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
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.