Tawa lose Ju­bilee Cup opener to Marist


Tawa lost a close con­test to Marist St Pat’s as club rugby’s premier Ju­bilee Cup swung into gear on Satur­day.

The Porirua basin’s only rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the top com­pe­ti­tion, Tawa lost 12-8 to MSP in their open­ing match of the Ju­bilee Cup, at Lyn­d­hurst Park.

Play­ing into a stiff breeze, Tawa were only be­hind 5-3 at the break, af­ter MSP’s hooker scored from a five-me­tre li­ne­out.

Tawa held pos­ses­sion for long pe­ri­ods but strug­gled to con­vert any of it into points.

Marist’s de­fence stood strong, even af­ter they had lock Nick Har­ri­son in the sin bin.

Hur­ri­canes No 8 Vic­tor Vito, who was out­stand­ing, crossed early in the sec­ond half af­ter sus­tained pres­sure, but Tawa winger Faraimo No­foaiga re­sponded with a su­perb try in the cor­ner.

The fi­nal 30 min­utes was fre­netic, and the turnovers and knock­ons mounted up as both sides looked for the killer blow, but nei­ther could muster any points.

Tawa next come up against Poneke at Kil­birnie Park this Satur­day.

All Ju­bilee Cup and Hard­ham Cup matches kick off at 2.15pm due to the All Black test later that evening.

In the Hard­ham Cup, North­ern United held Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton score­less in the lo­cal derby at Ngati­toa Do­main.

A slim 10-0 half­time lead was con­verted into a 41-0 fi­nal score as the sec­ond spell opened up and seven tries were scored in to­tal, with winger Te Kahui Bishop bag­ging another two.

Just three of the tries were con­verted, one by Jack­son Gar­den-Ba­chop, and two by re­place­ment Peato Lafaele.

Norths play Old BoysUniver­sity sec­onds this Satur­day at Porirua Park, while Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton host Hutt Old Boys Marist at Ngati­toa Do­main.

In the women’s com­pe­ti­tion, Old Boys-Univer­sity up­set Norths 26-20 dur­ing the women’s gala day at Pe­tone Recre­ation Ground.

It was Norths’ first loss this sea­son and meant the Chal­lenge Cup changed hands for the first time.

The Porirua side sit sec­ond in the table af­ter two matches, be­hind Wainuiomata.

In premier school­boy rugby, St Pat’s Town over­came Bishop Viard Col­lege 53-8.


Hur­ri­cane Vic­tor Vito pulled on a Marist St Pat’s jer­sey this week­end for the match against Tawa. He made this try sav­ing tackle on Pe­ni­asi Tokakece dur­ing the close 12-8 game.

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