Teams bat­tle it out for top spots

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

North­ern United and Tawa braved the el­e­ments to record cru­cial wins in club rugby’s Ju­bilee Cup on Satur­day, ce­ment­ing their spots in the top four.

Re­sults on the week­end mean, re­al­is­ti­cally, five teams are bat­tling for four semi­fi­nal places.

Ori­en­tal-Ron­go­tai re­main top of the ta­ble with 20 points, de­spite fall­ing to Norths at Porirua Park; Marist St Pats have 19; while Norths (17) and Tawa (15) are right in the hunt.

Wainuiomata (15) are the other con­tender, while next best is Hutt Old Boys-Marist on six points.

Tawa’s 16-3 vic­tory over Up­per Hutt was, again, built around their huge for­wards do­ing the tough work in tight. It was just 3-3 at half­time, but two penal­ties af­ter the break to Ran­dall Bishop and a try to out­stand­ing prop Taniela Koroi made the game safe.

Up the road at Porirua Park, Norths ran out 8- 3 win­ners against Ories. It was their first win over the Ju­bilee Cup hold­ers in four games. Hur­ri­canes util­ity back Ala­p­ati Leiua put a telling kick be­hind Ories’ de­fence that re­sulted in a penalty and gave Norths an 8-3 half­time lead.

Into the wind in the sec­ond 40, Norths de­fended like demons and were aided by er­rors from the vis­i­tors.

No points were added by ei­ther team in a game for the purists.

This Satur­day sees Tawa travel to Ories and Norths are away to bot­tom-placed Pe­tone.

Mean­while, in the Premier Women’s Vic­to­ria Tav­ern eighth round, Norths de­faulted their match to Eke­tahuna but re­main two points clear on top of the ta­ble.

In the Hard­ham Cup, Norths B went down 20-5 to Wests Roost­ers.

North wind: Norths mid­fielder Siaosi Ana­mani tries to find some room in a tightly fought first half against Ories. Norths even­tu­ally won 8-3.

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