Norths’ big day

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Porirua Park was full of cel­e­bra­tion as North­ern United’s men’s and women’s rugby sides recorded big wins on Satur­day.

Dawn Pate­le­sio cel­e­brated an in­cred­i­ble mile­stone, her 300th game in blue and white, as Norths romped away to a 146-0 vic­tory over Up­per Hutt Rams.

The re­sult puts the un­beaten Norths women on top of the stand­ings af­ter four matches, with 276 points for and just 12 against.

In the men’s match, against Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton, the home side proved too hot to han­dle and re­tained the Bill Brien Chal­lenge Shield and the Ivan Har­g­reaves Tro­phy with a 53-16 win.

Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton’s for­wards worked hard for 80 min­utes, but sev­eral huge plays made the dif­fer­ence for Norths, who led 25-6 at half­time.

Norths full­back Johnny Te­leaga was in sub­lime form – when­ever he touched the ball, things hap­pened – and the mea­sured boot of Perry Hay­man played a cru­cial part.

The re­sult puts the Porirua side sec­ond in the ta­ble af­ter six matches, four spots ahead of neigh­bours Tawa, who were im­pres­sive in beat­ing John­sonville 80-10 at Lyn­d­hurst Park.

In Cen­tral League foot­ball, Western Suburbs kicked their cam­paign into gear with a 6-1 thrash­ing of Welling­ton United. Af­ter a loss and two draws in the first three weeks, the shack­les were bro­ken at En­deav­our Park and Wests are now fifth in the ta­ble.

St Ge­orge had their first win of the sea­son in Welling­ton premier rugby league, see­ing off Univer­sity Hunters 26-22 at Kel­burn Park.

Porirua Vik­ings, mean­while, were out­classed 80-0 by com­pe­ti­tion lead­ers Whiti Te Ra and are bot­tom of the ta­ble.

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