Tawa have fingertips on Shield
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.