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.