Norths and Tawa make their mark
Northern United and Tawa are in the top half of the Swindale Shield table after impressive victories in Wellington club rugby on Saturday.
In the derby round, Norths thrashed Johnsonville 66-0 at Helston Park. Winger Manu Lafaele scored three tries and the competition’s leading points scorer, Perry Hayman, notched 26 points.
Neighbours Tawa outclassed Hutt Old Boys Marist 47-15 at Lyndhurst Park. Tawa second-five Vili Dakunimata dotted down twice.
Paremata Plimmerton were beaten 55-5 by Poneke, conceding seven tries in the first half.
The results leave Norths fourth in the table and Tawa seventh. Paremata Plimmerton are secondbottom, above Johnsonville.
In Central League football, Wests led against Olympic at Wakefield Park through a Ben Sippola penalty. But two second half goals gave Olympic the win, placing Wests eighth after three rounds.
In premier rugby league, Petone, who had not won at this level since 2013, thrashed Porirua Vikings 38-18 at McEwan Park on Saturday.
Judgeford had another excellent win in division one interclub golf, beating Miramar at Paraparaumu on Saturday.
They led 41⁄ after the morning foursomes and then won four of 10 singles matches.
The result leaves Judgeford fifth, but they have played one less round than some teams due to rain on April 2.