Lafaele calls for con­sis­tency and grit


Wil­lie Lafaele was much hap­pier on Satur­day af­ter­noon than last Wed­nes­day night.

His Tawa premier rugby side came away from Fraser Park on Satur­day with a sat­is­fy­ing 48-10 win over pre­vi­ously un­beaten Avalon.

So far, Tawa’s Swin­dale Shield sea­son has gone loss, win, loss, win.

The 20-15 de­feat last Wed­nes­day to Up­per Hutt at Maid­stone Park had Lafaele tear­ing his hair out.

‘‘There were some words said af­ter that match and it was made clear play­ers needed to stand up – no more ex­cuses,’’ he said.

‘‘The [Avalon] re­sult made me happy for the boys and will be per­fect for team morale. We wanted to make a state­ment and did that.’’

On Satur­day, the first scor­ing of the match, an Avalon penalty, didn’t take place for 25 min­utes. But three Tawa tries be­fore the break, to Lotu Nuku, Etuale To­gia and Vili Daku­ni­mata, blew the game open.

Avalon hit back with a try early in the sec­ond half, but Tawa winger Kalim Kelemete scooped the ball from a ruck and scored down the blind­side to secure vic­tory for his team.

Faraimo Nofioaiga scored twice and To­gia again to com­plete the rout.

Lafaele said the team’s young­sters, many just out of 1st XV colours, were cop­ing in the tough club rugby en­vi­ron­ment.

That was ev­i­dent against Avalon. ‘‘At­tack­ing is sim­ple but in de­fence you have to stand up. These Avalon boys were big, but a cou­ple of big hits from our lads gave us the mo­men­tum we needed.’’

The re­sult leaves Tawa ninth in a con­gested ta­ble, four points be­hind fifth-placed North­ern United, who on Satur­day recorded their third win in four games,

Norths saw off Poneke 26-18 at Kil­birnie Park with a cou­ple of mo­ments of magic, in­clud­ing Perry Hay­man’s cutout pass to Peato Lafaele for the cru­cial try.

Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton, mean­while, re­main win­less de­spite a huge ef­fort against de­fend­ing champions Old Boys Univer­sity at Ngati­toa Do­main.

The home side’s de­fence stood tall for long pe­ri­ods and the match was only de­cided in the last five min­utes, as OBU ran out 17-6 win­ners.


Tawa sec­ond-five Vili Daku­ni­mata in ac­tion dur­ing last Wed­nes­day’s loss to Up­per Hutt.

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