Fight for top spot

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North­ern United ce­mented a spot in premier club rugby’s Ju­bilee Cup semi­fi­nals with an em­phatic thrash­ing of their for­mer coach’s team on Satur­day. The 59-12 vic­tory over Frank Rees’ Pe­tone side was built on the back of a huge firsthalf ef­fort, where they ran in five tries. They were 24-0 up, with a bonus point al­ready achieved, half­way through the open­ing 40, be­fore speed­ster AJ Va’alepu fin­ished off a 100-me­tre ef­fort to give Norths a mas­sive 31-0 lead at the break. Blind­side flanker Fran­cis Seu­manutafa, wing Ti­moci Seruwalu, who had a blind­ing game, and Va’alepu would all score braces as Norths ran in nine tries all up in the Porirua Park sun­shine. The win all but guar­an­tees Norths a spot in the semi­fi­nals with a game to spare. Mean­while, Tawa were smashed by Ories, 43-5 at the Polo grounds. Their sea­son is now on a knifeedge – just out­side the top four on points dif­fer­en­tial. This week Norths are away at Wainui while Tawa visit HOBM in a do-or-die match at the Hutt Rec. The Vik­ings’ en­ter­tain­ing 34-26 win at As­cot Park was built on the back of a daz­zling dis­play from half­back An­ton Wereta. Di­rect­ing traf­fic – and helped by a Wainui player get­ting sin­binned in the first five min­utes – Wereta had a hand in ev­ery try to put his side out to a com­mand­ing 24-10 lead by half­time. The vis­i­tors came roar­ing back af­ter the turn­around, with two ex­cel­lent tries, but the Vik­ings’ canny half­back laid on two more tries to re­store the big mar­gin. AJ Akavi and Jon Masaga both nailed dou­bles. This Satur­day Rand­wick will play the Vik­ings at Nae­nae Park for a spot in the grand fi­nal.

Photo: CHAINSAWPHOTOS

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