Tawa have fin­ger­tips on Shield

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Tawa have one hand on the Swin­dale Shield af­ter a nervy win over Ori­en­tal-Ron­go­tai in Welling­ton pre­mier club rugby on Satur­day.

Both teams’ de­fence was up to the task at the Polo Ground and just a Ran­dall Bishop penalty sep­a­rated them at half­time.

Largely against the run of play, Ories scored twice in the first part of the sec­ond half to take a 12-3 lead. But tries to Phillip Finau, Sam Tuala and Ge­orge Tilsley – the lat­ter in the dy­ing mo­ments – gave Tawa a 22-15 win.

North­ern United, mean­while, went down 33-26 to Wainuiomata at Porirua Park and re­main in ninth spot. Wainuiomata started much stronger and went out to a 10-point lead, but the home side pegged them back and it was 13-13 at the break.

Wainuiomata scored twice in the first 10 min­utes in the sec­ond half to give them a com­fort­able lead but a try to Fala Tuala and the boot of Jack­son Gar­den-Ba­chop kept Norths in the con­test.

Pare­mata- Plim­mer­ton, mean­while, were thumped by com­pe­ti­tion 57-7 by lead­ers Avalon in Se­nior 1. Los­ing in­spi­ra­tion skip­per Tane McMil­lan-Parata in the first minute to a bro­ken fin­ger didn’t help mat­ters. A con­so­la­tion try to Blake Neve was the only bright note on a sober­ing day for Pare­mata-Plim­mer­ton, who sit fifth in the ta­ble.

In the women’s pre­mier grade, Wainuiomata beat Tawa 55-0 and Norths beat Avalon 64-0.

In col­lege rugby, Tawa Col­lege took the Beard Tro­phy off Aotea Col­lege in a match un­der lights at Porirua Park last week. Tawa will play Mana Col­lege next.

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