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