Tawa stut­ter

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

Tawa and Marist St Pat’s are set for a Swin­dale Shield rugby show­down at Kil­birnie Park on Satur­day.

Tawa, seek­ing their sec­ond straight Swin­dale Shield, lost 18- 16 to a rugged Old BoysUniver­sity side at the Basin Re­serve last Satur­day, their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive loss, and are now only one point ahead of MSP.

Tawa will rue their poor han­dling, con­cen­tra­tion and dis­ci­pline, though James So’oialo scored 11 points, and has 99 for the sea­son.

North­ern United, mean­while, must beat Up­per Hutt on Satur­day and hope other re­sults go their way to make the Ju­bilee Cup round.

They beat Poneke 32- 30 at Kil­birnie Park, but re­main ninth with 25 points. The top eight progress to the Ju­bilee Cup. Hutt Old Boys Marist and Ori­en­talRon­go­tai are on 27 and OBU 28.

Against Poneke, ram­pag­ing lock Api Naika­tini made his first ap­pear­ance of the sea­son and scored two tries. Pare­mataPlim­mer­ton put Norths se­nior 1 side to the sword 35-7 at Ngati­toa Do­main.

Should Pare­mata-Plim­mer­ton beat Ori­en­tal- Ron­go­tai on Satur­day, they will hang on to fourth spot and play Hard­ham Cup the rest of the win­ter.

In women’s pre­mier rugby, Norths beat Stokes Val­ley by de­fault.

Tawa went down 26-15 against Poneke, and fin­ished the first round win­less.

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