Norths fight back strongly

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

A 14- 12 score in favour of Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton over North­ern United early in the sec­ond half would have been un­heard of a few years ago.

But the for­tunes of both premier rugby clubs have changed re­cently and their Hard­ham Cup match at Porirua Park had signs of a ma­jor up­set on Satur­day. Norths, how­ever, brought their game plan to bear with 30 min­utes to go and their big­ger men got the bet­ter of the visi­tors.

The bonus-point 31-14 vic­tory means Norths sit com­fort­ably in third af­ter four matches. Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton have two wins and two losses and are sixth.

Norths coach Steve Ha­turini said that in the first 50 min­utes his play­ers for­got struc­ture and ba­sics, and Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton’s line speed and pres­sure was im­pres­sive.

‘‘It took a while, but we came right and got those late tries and the bonus point, which was great,’’ he said. ‘‘In the end, the whole team stood up.’’

Ha­turini said the run to­wards the Hard­ham play­offs in­cluded matches against Up­per Hutt, Poneke and Avalon, which would test his side’s met­tle.

‘‘It won’t be easy, but I think we’re on track.’’

The past few weeks had been tough on the club fol­low­ing the death of Jerry Collins, but the Norths, Welling­ton and All Black leg­end would want the premier side to get on with the job, Ha­turini said.

The char­ac­ter and at­ti­tude within the squad has been such that Ha­turini has soft­ened his stance on mu­sic in the chang­ing sheds.

In the Ju­bilee Cup, Tawa went down 31- 30 to Pe­tone at Lyn­d­hurst Park, con­ced­ing a last­minute try. A bril­liant Steve So’oialo try, three James So’oialo penal­ties and try to Te­lea Seu­manutafa gave Tawa a 23-10 lead mid­way through the sec­ond half, but Pe­tone fought back well.

Tawa’s first Ju­bilee Cup loss means they are sec­ond af­ter four games, be­hind Old BoysUniver­sity.

The North­ern United women’s side made a win­ning start to the sec­ond-round Vic­to­ria Tav­ern Tro­phy, ac­count­ing for Old BoysUniver­sity 46-19. Tawa had their first win in the sec­ond tier com­pe­ti­tion, dis­patch­ing John­sonville 53-5.

In Kapi Mana premier net­ball, there were big wins for KBJ 1, Te Tai Timu 1 and Norths 1, and Aotea Col­lege edged Rockz 1 58-51.

Porirua Vik­ings re­sumed their win­ning ways af­ter their loss to Te Aroha in Welling­ton premier rugby league, win­ning the lo­cal derby 55- 12 over St Ge­orge Dragons at Can­nons Creek Park on Satur­day. The win puts Vik­ings fifth in the ta­ble. St Ge­orge are sev­enth.

In the Chatham Cup football third round, Western Sub­urbs beat New Ply­mouth Rangers 4-0.

Photo: DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

North­ern United’s Peato Lafeaele runs at the Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton de­fence shortly be­fore scor­ing a try.

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