Norths into Hard­ham fi­nal

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

North­ern United will con­test their sec­ond suc­ces­sive Hard­ham Cup fi­nal af­ter over­com­ing Avalon 34-20 on Satur­day.

They will take on Poneke in Sun­day’s fi­nal, which will be the cur­tain-raiser to the Ju­bilee Cup fi­nal.

Norths took a de­ci­sive 24-3 into the lat­ter stages of the first half over Avalon at Porirua Park, with three tries.

Avalon preyed on Norths’ illd­is­ci­pline and closed the gap to 24-10 just be­fore half­time when they were awarded a penalty try.

Avalon first five- eighth Cameron Cross closed the mar­gin to 24-13 with a penalty, be­fore Norths’ wing Ko­lio Feauanti scored a de­ci­sive try to push the score out to 29-13.

Avalon scored again to close the mar­gin to 29-20 but No 8 An­thony Masina crossed for his sec­ond 5- pointer of the match off a 5-me­tre scrum, seal­ing vic­tory.

In the women’s pre­mier grade, mean­while, Wainuiomata tipped over Norths 17-15, while Ories thrashed Tawa 131-0.

In Cen­tral League foot­ball on Sun­day, Western Sub­urbs com­fort­ably won the lo­cal derby, beat­ing Tawa 3- 0 at Red­wood Park.

A brace to El­liot Col­lier and one from Billy Scott proved to be more than enough for Wests as Tawa re­main just two points ahead of bot­tom-placed Up­per Hutt City in the bat­tle for sur­vival.

In Kapi Mana pre­mier net­ball, KBJ 1 thrashed Rockz 1 71-30, Te Tai Timu 1 beat Norths 2 73-55, Aotea Col­lege de­feated Tawa Col­lege 57- 37 and Norths 1 beat Kahu­rangi by de­fault.

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