Tawa teams in the dol­drums

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

It wasn’t a great weekend for Tawa sport.

On Satur­day, the sub­urb’s pre­mier rugby team’s slim chance of mak­ing the Ju­bilee Cup semi­fi­nals evap­o­rated as they went down 29-14 to a resurgent Up­per Hutt at Maid­stone Park.

Tawa started the strong­est but could not con­vert early pres­sure into points. The Rams then stormed into the con­test with three unan­swered tries to lead 21-0 late in the first half.

Tawa’s de­fence went miss­ing at times but they were only down 21-7 at the half, af­ter a try to prop James Coburn. Mid­fielder Ezra Fer­ma­nis crossed to close the gap to 21-14 in the sec­ond spell but a penalty and an­other try to Up­per Hutt kept the home side firmly in con­trol.

Af­ter win­ning the Swin­dale Shield and Ju­bilee Cup last sea­son, Tawa have come back to earth, fin­ish­ing sev­enth in this year’s Ju­bilee com­pe­ti­tion.

In Hard­ham Cup ac­tion, North­ern United eas­ily beat Pare­mataPlim­mer­ton 43- 14 in a game dubbed ‘‘The Bat­tle of the Bridge’’. The seven-try win means Norths will host Avalon at Porirua Park this Satur­day.

In the Vic­to­ria Tro­phy women’s pre­mier grade, North­ern United con­firmed them­selves top qual­i­fiers for the semi­fi­nals with a de­fault win over Avalon. Tawa lost 44-0 to Old Boys-Univer­sity and re­main in sixth place.

In Cen­tral League foot­ball ac­tion, mean­while, Tawa went down 3- 0 to Lower Hutt. The re­sult keeps them just two points clear of last-placed Up­per Hutt.

Both Tawa and Lower Hutt went into their game at Pe­tone Me­mo­rial Park on Satur­day on nine points, know­ing a win would mean al­most cer­tain safety from rel­e­ga­tion.

Tawa started the brighter of the two sides with Richard Bott and Mike Ra­maek­ers prov­ing a nui­sance for the Lower Hutt full­backs. But it was the Hutt side who struck a telling first blow af­ter 18 min­utes.

Lower Hutt moved the ball up the pitch, find­ing striker Jean Carlo Estrada. Estrada took a cou­ple of steps and un­leashed a 30-yard rocket that came off the right up­right and into the net.

It re­mained 1-0 at the break and it wasn’t un­til the 76th minute that Lower Hutt made the game safe.

Tawa goal­keeper Lance Ra­maek­ers put in a good save from an ini­tial shot but Nathaniel Haile­mariam was quick­est to re­act, knock­ing in the re­bound in a goal­mouth scram­ble to dou­ble the lead.

The fin­ish­ing touches were ap­plied 10 min­utes from time as Tay­lor Schri­jvers rose higher than any­one else to head home.

Western Sub­urbs con­tin­ued their ex­cel­lent run of form with an im­pres­sive 3-0 win over Palmer­ston North Marist at En­deav­our Park.

Goals to El­liot Col­lier, Sean Mor­ris and Tyler Lis­sette en­sured Wests hold on to fourth spot.

Photo: CAM McINTOSH

Goal chance: Tawa’s Todd Pain­ter (in red) looks to get a shot on tar­get against Lower Hutt.

Photo: PETER McDON­ALD

On the burst: Tawa cap­tain Taniela Koroi makes a break

against Up­per Hutt.

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