Tawa and Norths score Swin­dale Shield wins

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Tawa main­tained their un­beaten run in the Welling­ton rugby Swin­dale Shield and cel­e­brated the club’s Old Timers’ Day in style when they ran in eight tries to beat Avalon 54-12 at Lyn­d­hurst Park.

The out­come was de­cided near the end of the first half when the flood­gates opened and Tawa rat­tled in five tries within 10 min­utes.

The first was an ex­cel­lent solo ef­fort by Sam Tuala, who broke sev­eral tack­les and pow­ered to the goal-line.

There fol­lowed tries by Faraimo No­foaiga, Sharn Robin­son and blind­side flanker Te­lea Seu­manutafa, who scored twice.

At 42-0 at half­time, the re­sult was a for­mal­ity.

Tawa’s other tries were scored by TJ Fer­ma­nis, Tolu Fa­hamokioa and Etuale To­gia. Full­back James So’oialo kicked seven con­ver­sions, tak­ing him to 71 points for the sea­son.

Avalon are yet to win a match this sea­son.

Tawa, the Swin­dale Shield and Ju­bilee Cup hold­ers in 2013, looked good through­out.

So’oialo ran strongly and linked well with the back­line.

Tolu Fa­hamokioa made an im­pact off the bench with sev­eral crunch­ing hits and cen­tre Robin­son was ex­cel­lent tac­ti­cally.

Tawa are one of three un­beaten teams, along with Marist St Pat’s and Hutt Old Boys Marist, in the Swin­dale Shield this sea­son.

There was good news, too, for North­ern United, who scored their first win of the sea­son with a hard- fought 30- 24 win over Poneke at Porirua Park.

Norths won the Cyril Col­lett Me­mo­rial Shield with their win.

Poneke led 20-11 at half­time and Norths had to fight back bravely to earn a come- frombe­hind victory.

For Norths, Ai­den Cairns, Parekura Lalaga, Kone­lio Feau­nati and Voni­ji­asi Deni­ca­cau scored tries and Jack­son Gar­den- Ba­chop kicked two con­ver­sions and two penal­ties.

Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton’s woes con­tinue. They were out­played 47-8 by Welling­ton at Ngati­toa Domain and are yet to record a win this sea­son.

Only Avalon are be­low them on the points ta­ble.

Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton have scored 50 points and con­ceded 202 this sea­son.

De­spite hav­ing three play­ers sin­binned, Welling­ton ran in seven tries and Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton could re­ply only with a sec­ond- half try by Hay­den Stir­rat and Ryan McLean’s ear­lier penalty. Welling­ton led 26-3 at the break.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Tawa full­back James So’oialo has

been in fine kick­ing form this sea­son.

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