Fo­cused Tawa record first Ju­bilee win

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Tawa notched up their first Ju­bilee Cup win this week­end, but re­main at the bot­tom of the eight­team lad­der.

The 29-15 win at Westpac Sta­dium came de­spite two yel­low cards to flanker TJ Fer­ma­nis and hooker Matthew Treeby.

Tawa em­ployed an or­gan­ised rush-de­fence early in the match and the tac­tic brought about their first try when wing Eli­jah Vaa Brook­ing raced up to snaf­fle an in­ter­cept and scam­per 50m to score un­der the posts.

They ex­tended their lead to 15-0 af­ter 20 min­utes when their other wing, Faraimo No­foaiga, was on the end of a slick back­line move.

Af­ter a strong side­line break by cen­tre Tu Umaga-Mar­shall, Wainuiomata turned down mul­ti­ple kick­able penal­ties in search of a try.

Fer­ma­nis was then yel­low­carded af­ter a se­ries of cyn­i­cal in­fringe­ments and Wainui rolled the dice with half­time ap­proach­ing, opt­ing for an­other scrum in­stead of tak­ing the three points.

They were fi­nally re­warded when wing Michael Lealava’a broke clear to score and give Wainui some mo­men­tum.

Tawa re­sponded with their most clin­i­cal pas­sage of play straight af­ter half­time, with Treeby even­tu­ally crashing over from close-range to in­crease the lead to 22-5.

Lealava’a crossed for his sec­ond for Wainui with 15 min­utes left, but Tawa full­back Ran­dall Bishop scored in the fi­nal min­utes to se­cure a much-needed win.

At the other end of the ta­ble the race for the semi­fi­nal spots remains wide open, af­ter lead­ers Ori­en­tal-Ron­go­tai suf­fered a re­mark­able de­feat at home to Up­per Hutt Rams.

Just five com­pe­ti­tion points separate the top-seven sides af­ter four rounds. The pre­vi­ously un­beaten Ories cling to the lead de­spite the 46-29 tow­elling from the Rams.

Poneke and Old BoysUniver­sity had vic­to­ries to keep them in top-four ter­ri­tory.

And while Tawa top­pled Wainuiomata, the Lower Hutt team remains in sec­ond place.

In the Hard­ham Cup, the top of the ta­ble clash be­tween Hutt Old Boys Marist and North­ern United was won by the Lower Hutt team, 23-18.

Pe­tone are third on the ta­ble af­ter they beat Avalon in a 31-26 thriller.

In the other games Pare­mataPlim­mer­ton beat OBU B 23-15 and Marist St Pats B drew 29-all with John­sonville.

TAWA 29 WAINUI 15 Tawa:

Eli­jah Vaa Brook­ing, Faraimo No­foaiga, Matthew Treeby, Ran­dall Bishop tries; Bishop 3 con, pen. Michael Lealava’a 2, Jalan Far­ris tries. HT: 15-5.

Wainuiomata:

PHOTO: HUGH PRETORIUS

Tawa half­back Ke­mara Hauiti-Para­para spins the ball away from the scrum in their win over Wainuiomata.

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