Happy days for Norths and Tawa


North­ern United have won two on the trot to start the premier club rugby sea­son, af­ter hang­ing on to beat Up­per Hutt 24-23 at Maid­stone Park on Satur­day.

The boot of Perry Hay­man and a try to lock Ai­den Cains gave the visi­tors a de­served 19-6 half­time lead.

Up­per Hutt fought back with a try early in the sec­ond spell, but Hay­man then pro­duced a mo­ment of bril­liance to cross for a try.

Up­per Hutt scored late, but Norths hung on to leave them­selves third in the stand­ings.

Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton, mean­while, went down 27-3 to Wainuiomata at Ngati­toa Do­main.

It was an un­tidy game, and the visi­tors led 15-0 at the break. They scored two more tries in the sec­ond half to make it a com­fort­able bonus-point win.

At Lyn­d­hurst Park, Tawa got their sea­son started with a tight 18-15 win over Pe­tone. It was 15-15 with time nearly up be­fore Tawa full­back Ke­mara Hauiti-Para­para kicked a penalty to take the spoils.

There is a round of Swin­dale Shield matches on Wed­nes­day night – Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton play Avalon at the Bernie Wood Turf in As­cot Park, Tawa play Up­per Hutt at Fraser Park’s ar­ti­fi­cial turf and Norths travel to Alex Moore Park to play Ori­en­talRon­go­tai. Games kick off at 7.30pm.

In premier rugby league, St Ge­orge suf­fered their sec­ond suc­ces­sive big loss, go­ing down 40-16 to Wainuiomata.

Porirua Vik­ings’ first game was hum­bling – they lost 62-24 to Te Aroha.

In Cen­tral League football ac­tion, Wests drew 1-1 with de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Napier City Rovers, Noah Billings­ley scor­ing for Wests five min­utes from time.

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