Win record bro­ken

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

North­ern United’s premier women’s rugby side carry the hopes of sil­ver­ware for the club af­ter their male coun­ter­parts were knocked out of the Ju­bilee Cup on Satur­day.

The premier men were well­beaten, 33-6, by Marist St Pat’s at Evans Bay Park.

It was only 7-6 to the home team at the break, with both sides hav­ing a player sin-binned, and the sec­ond half was mostly an even con­test.

The turn­ing point was with 13 min­utes left, when Norths gained a penalty in front of MSP’s posts.

Down just 15-6, three points might have been the best op­tion, but a quick tap was taken and No 8 Mana Faraimo, who had a whale of a game oth­er­wise, knocked on.

MSP took full ad­van­tage and they never had their goal- line threat­ened again. They would score two tries and two drop goals in the last 10 min­utes to send them through to the fi­nal against Ori­en­tal-Ron­go­tai.

Al­though MSP were well­beaten the last time these two sides met, they were de­fen­sively stronger and de­served the win.

Hur­ri­canes play­ers Vic­tor Vito and Jeff To’omaga Allen were key in MSP’s big for­ward ef­fort. The loss meant Norths’ record of win- ning the Ju­bilee Cup ev­ery sec­ond year since 2004 has been bro­ken.

In the women’s premier grade, Norths will meet Wainuiomata in this Satur­day’s Vic­to­ria Tav­ern Tro­phy fi­nal af­ter they beat Old Boys-Univer­sity 29-15 at Porirua Park.

Photo: RUS­SELL POTTS/CHAINSAWPHOTOS

De­ter­mined: North­ern United winger Ti­moci Seruwalu does his best to break the MSP line dur­ing Norths’ semi­fi­nal loss on Satur­day.

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