Pare Plim’s strug­gles con­tinue on field


Ja­van Brown knows all the ef­fort in the world of­ten doesn’t trans­late to points on the board.

The Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton pre­mier rugby coach cut a frus­trated fig­ure as his team let another Swin­dale Shield match get away on Satur­day, this time against Welling­ton.

The fi­nal score of 43-10 didn’t give a true ac­count – Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton trailed by only two points close to half­time at Hataitai Park.

But Welling­ton piled on pres­sure, scored twice quickly, and it was 19-5 at the turn­around.

Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton hooker Api­rana McMil­lan-Parata scored just af­ter the break, but the Ax­e­men upped the tempo and even­tu­ally skipped away.

‘‘It was the same old, same old,’’ Brown said. ‘‘We’re com­pet­i­tive for 60 min­utes and at some point, whether it’s af­ter half­time or the last 20, we have a ma­jor lapse and it costs us.

‘‘You can’t af­ford to do that at this level in Welling­ton club rugby. Against big teams like Hutt Old Boys Marist and MSP, we’ve been in it for 75 min­utes, but that’s not good enough.’’

Brown told his team af­ter Satur­day’s game that ef­fort was not the is­sue - it was stick­ing with teams for 80 min­utes. De­spite be­ing se­cond to bot­tom in the com­pe­ti­tion – they play last­placed John­sonville on May 14 at Ngati­toa Do­main, for their Old Timers Day – Brown said the mood in the squad was pos­i­tive.

How­ever, prepa­ra­tions are be­ing made for the se­cond-tier Hard­ham Cup com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘We’ll have a re­view be­fore the se­cond round [Hard­ham] and look to tighten things up. I’m con­fi­dent we can notch some wins in the next few weeks. We’re build­ing in the right di­rec­tion.’’

Also on Satur­day, Tawa beat Wainuiomata 25-23 to go fourth in the ta­ble and North­ern United lost heav­ily, 64-15 to Marist St Pat’s, and drop to sev­enth.

In a full round of matches last Wed­nes­day, Tawa over­came Poneke 10-9, Norths went down 34-29 to Old Boys-Uni­ver­sity, and Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton lost 33-6 to Hutt Old Boys Marist.

On Satur­day, Norths’ women’s side con­tin­ued their un­beaten sea­son, thrash­ing Marist St Pat’s 66-5. He­len Collins scored three tries to take her tally to 13 this sea­son.


Tawa No 8 Pe­ni­asi Tokakece looks to take the ball into con­tact against Wainuiomata.

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