Tawa set the pace in Jubilee Cup
Tawa kept their perfect record in Wellington premier rugby’s Jubilee Cup intact, dispatching Wellington 38-27 at Lyndhurst Park on Saturday.
Playing his 100th game for Tawa, lock Pati Gaualofa scored in the 20th minute. Two more tries before the break, to wing Etuale Togia and flanker Telea Seumanutafa, gave the home side a comfortable 23-6 lead.
Wing Faraimo Nofoaiga scored straight after the restart to give Tawa a 24-point buffer, but Wellington came back strongly, notching 21 unanswered points to have the home fans squirming.
Tawa join Oriental-Rongotai and Marist St Pat’s as the unbeaten Jubilee Cup teams. Ories and Tawa meet on Saturday.
In the second-tier Hardham Cup, Paremata Plimmerton went down 36-17 to Tawa B at Ngatitoa Domain, coming back to earth with a thud after last week’s morale-boosting win over Poneke. Ryan McLean, Johnathan Sabo and Teariki Kie Tonga scored tries for Paremata Plimmerton.
Northern United were made to work in their 17-10 victory over Petone B at Petone Rec.
On Friday night, Northern United’s women’s side finished the Fleurs Trophy round unbeaten but were given a stern test by Old Boys- University, coming away with the 10-7 win at Te Whaea.
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Porirua Park will host Wellington’s senior club rugby finals on August 1, following successful finals days in the Hutt Valley and Wellington in previous years.
The August 1 schedule has the women’s final at 11am, the Hardham Cup final at 1.15pm and the Jubilee Cup final at 3.30pm.
In football’s Central League, Petone beat Tawa 2-0 at Memorial Park and Western Suburbs were too strong for Lower Hutt City at Fraser Park, winning 4-1.
The result keeps Wests in third place, behind Napier City Rovers and Wairarapa United, while Tawa stay bottom of the table.
This weekend, Tawa host Wests at Redwood Park.
In Wellington premier club rugby league, Porirua Vikings thrashed Petone 44-10 on Bernie Wood Turf on Friday night, and Randwick inflicted a heavy 54- 18 defeat on St George Dragons at Cannons Creek Park.
The Vikings stay fourth in the standings, and the Dragons are sixth.
KBJ 1 are setting the pace in Kapi Mana netball, winning their fifth game in six by beating Aotea College 58- 45 on Saturday. In other matches, Rockz 1 beat Norths 2 63-30, Te Tai Timu 1 trounced their second team 94-53, and Norths 1 beat Mana College by default.
KBJ 1 have a four-point buffer on Te Tai Timu 1 at the top of the table, while Norths 1 and Aotea College round out the top four.
Thousands turned out for the Jerry Collins memorial walk through Porirua on Sunday.