So close and yet so far

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Pare­mata-Plim­mer­ton’s Se­nior 1 side left ev­ery­thing they had on Hataitai Park on Satur­day but came up short in the Ed Chaney Cup fi­nal against Welling­ton.

First-five Blake Neve had a penalty from 50 me­tres to win it on full-time but he did not have the dis­tance, and his side went down 15-13.

The score­line was in­dica­tive of a ti­tanic strug­gle, with in­di­vid­ual er­rors, missed kicks at goal and botched li­ne­outs the dif­fer­ence.

Pare-Plimm coach Alphonso Par­sons said that though his charges were gut­ted, it would still go down as a sea­son to re­mem­ber.

‘‘We turned our sea­son around af­ter Welling­ton taught us a les­son [by 30 points, in round two]. We sat down, had a se­ri­ous talk and the boys’ at­ti­tude changed, they trained harder and we went on to win six in a row. My goal was top four, so I think we’ve over-achieved.’’

Par­sons said 90 per cent of the squad would be back in 2013, with play­ers from out­side the club likely to come in to bol­ster the ranks.

‘‘We al­ready have plans in place and we are go­ing to fo­cus on get­ting stronger. The con­fi­dence is there.’’

Though it was a team ef­fort all year, Neve, No 8 Tane McMil­lanParata and hooker James Shear­ing were among the stand­outs.

With a strong win at their backs in the sec­ond half, and dom­i­nance at scrum- time and in the rucks and mauls, the signs were good for the dozens of Mata fans who had made the trip from Porirua. But Welling­ton’s de­fence proved de­ci­sive, Par­sons said.

‘‘We did try to use that wind but we didn’t ex­e­cute. We had op­por­tu­ni­ties, but Welling­ton con­ceded the least num­ber of points this sea­son, and you can see why.’’

Hard yards: Pare­mata-Plim­mer­ton winger Blake Atatagi typ­i­fied the ef­fort by his side on Satur­day, in a heart­break­ing Ed Chaney Cup fi­nal loss.

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