Tawa and Norths score Swindale Shield wins
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.
Tawa fullback James So’oialo has
been in fine kicking form this season.