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